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Boyce "Rip" Vanwinkle


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Boyce "Rip" Vanwinkle Obituary
Boyce "Rip" Vanwinkle, 75

Boyce "Rip" Vanwinkle, 75, a resident of Gassville passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013, at his residence.

He was born September 14, 1938, in Western Grove, Randolph County, Arkansas to the late Edward and Lena (McFann) Vanwinkle. He married Laveta Ruth Smith on April 25, 1959, in Randolph County, Arkansas. Rip served as an air traffic controller in the United States Navy and retired in 1984 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. After his military service he was a pilot for Ranger Boats and also spent time as a flight instructor. Rip enjoyed making stained glass and woodworking as well as volunteering at the Bull Shoals State Park Visitor Center. He was a member of the Bar None Cowboy Church near Midway. Rip's family will remember most importantly the high standards he set for himself in both his personal and professional life.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Laveta Vanwinkle of the home; a son, Russell Vanwinkle of San Jose, California; two daughters, Anna Hudspeth of Kansas City, Missouri and Susan Carson of Gassville; a brother, Willis Vanwinkle of Waianae, Hawaii; five grandchildren, Lindsey Vanwinkle of Little Rock, Scott Vanwinkle of Benton, Steven Vanwinkle of Arkadelphia, Haley Carson of Gassville and Christopher Vanwinkle of San Jose, California.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013, at the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Maurice Hitt officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ozark Post 3246

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or a .

The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Baxter Bulletin from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2013
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