Ross Ripple

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Lifelong Alaskan resident Ross Loren Ripple, 23, died September 5, in a car accident in Wasilla, Alaska.

Ross was born on December 15, 1987, at Elmendorf AFB Hospital and was raised in Eagle River, Alaska. He graduated from the first senior class of Eagle River High School in 2006. At the time of his death, Ross was employed by CH2M Hill and worked on the North Slope.

"If a man is measured by how much he is loved and the joy and laughter that he brings to others, then Ross filled to the brim, literally, every inch of his 6'8" frame. A loving and close-knit extended Alaskan family and countless friends can attest to his generous nature, ready smile and gentle giant hugs. The void he leaves behind will be oh so difficult to fill."

He is survived by his "Papa," Loren Ripple, Jr., and stepmother, Tana; his mother, Kaye Nelson, and stepfather, Lars Nelson; beloved sisters, Renee Gonzalez and Rendy Ripple; and his devoted brother, Reagan Sawyer, all residing in Alaska; his maternal grandfather, Kermit Ketchum, of Wasilla, and paternal grandmother, Gena Ripple, of Kankakee, Illinois; his nephew, Bailey Gonzalez, and niece, Avalon Sawyer-Hodgins; and his step siblings, Ruby Nelson, and Cassandra, Kylie and Jarred Yanez. Ross is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska, and the Lower 48.

Waiting in heaven to receive him was his maternal grandmother, Virginia Ketchum, and paternal grandfather, Loren Ripple, Sr.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at the Elks Lodge in Eagle River. All that knew Ross and his family are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Anchorage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2011
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