SHELBY - Michael "Mike" Eugene Rippy, 54, passed away Sept. 22, 2012, at his home.
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He was born Sept. 24, 1957.
Mr. Rippy was a native of Cleveland County, NC, and a member of Westview Baptist Church of Shelby. Mr. Rippy was the Warehouse Manager for Kenneth G. Lilly Fasteners of Shelby. When not working Mr. Rippy enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing golf, watching the Atlanta Braves, or the Carolina Panthers, playing rummy and listening to southern rock music. The Beatles and Molly Hatchet were two of his favorite bands. He loved to sit outside while drinking his favorite drink, a diet Coke from Jack in the Box.
He was preceded in death by niece, Kimberly Thrift.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Stout Rippy of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Wayne and Robby of Iron Station; father and mother, Evans Eugene "Gene" Rippy and Sue George Rippy of Shelby; brother and wife, Mark Rippy and Tracy of Shelby; brother and wife, Mitchell Rippy and Jodi of Shelby; sister and husband, Malinda Ollis and Lanny of Shelby; grandchildren, Drew Wayne, Sara Wayne and Charlie Wayne; best friends, Ric Francis, Jason Hamilton and Dick Rochford; a number of nieces and nephews and also his beloved dog, Vinnie.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cleveland Funeral Services Chapel.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to
, 4530 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 or Westview Baptist Church, 500 Melody Lane, Shelby, NC 28152
Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at www.clevelandfuneralservice.com.
Published in Shelby Star on Sept. 25, 2012