John G. Tripp
St. Cloud, MN
September 3, 1919-March 6, 2014
John G. Tripp was born in Hibbing, MN, on September 3, 1919. After high school he attended Hibbing Junior College where he met Alice Raattama in a chemistry lab. John went on to get a chemical engineering degree from the University of Michigan, before marrying Alice, his chemistry lab partner. The spent 71 years pretty happily married.
John's chemical engineering career took him and his family many places. They lived in Detroit, Chicago, and Rifle, Colorado, where John helped develop a process to extract oil from shale. While there, they built, by hand, a log cabin on a mountain creek. Then John was promoted to the Dept. of Interior in Washington, DC, and the family moved to nearby Maryland. He left his job with the government in 1954 and worked for a few years at Wyandotte Chemicals near Detroit.
But John had a dream: he wanted to be a farmer. It was a curious dream because neither he nor Alice had ever lived on a farm. In 1957, these intrepid dreamers bought a small family dairy farm near Spring Hill, MN, in western Stearns County and the whole family learned to milk cows and make hay.
Just after the children grew up and left home John and Alice were caught up in a movement that proved to be one of the most interesting chapters in their lives. They joined other farmers to protest the construction of a high voltage power line across the state. This grass roots protest movement caught the attention of the media and Alice and John found themselves on TV and in the papers. They met amazing people, activists, politicians and farmers; many of these protesters are still close friends.
In the 1980s, Alice and John sold the farm and retired to Scandi Lake near Glenwood. John and his sons built the lake cabin and a sauna. The 25 years they lived at the lake were peaceful and quiet and probably the happiest years of all. In recent years John and Alice have been residents at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud, MN. John passed away there on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Blessed be his memory.
John is survived by his wife, Alice, their four children, Christine Scott, John (Anita Wallace) Tripp, Michael (Freya) Tripp and Margaret Tripp, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Peter Tripp, who died in a ski accident in 2005.
The family will remember John at a gathering at the Scandi Lake home on the 4th of July. They hope family, friends and anyone interested will join them.
The family is particularly grateful to the staff at Talahi Care Center for providing a caring home for John for almost 5 years, and to St. Croix Hospice for their thoughtful and gentle assistance at the end of John's life.
Arrangements by: Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood. To send online condolences to the family visit www.hoplinfuneralhome.com and click on obituaries.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 9, 2014