Born: Feb. 7, 1922
Died: June 15, 2014
John Trippon, former resident of Joliet, passed from this world on June 15, at the age of 92. He was born in Aurora to Ambrose and Florence (nee Brindus) Trippon and spent his childhood in Aurora and North Aurora.
Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, John volunteered for duty in the United States Army, eventually stationed in England where he played an important role in preparing for the Allied invasion of Normandy. During the 1944 D-Day invasion, he landed in the 2nd wave at Omaha Beach as part of the 11th Port of Embarkation, attached to the 6th Engineer Special Brigade. He also participated in the campaign to liberate Normandy and Northern France. Following the war, he returned home to wed his sweetheart, Mary (nee Rozich) of Joliet.
A civil engineer by trade, John worked for a number of corporations and government entities, including Standard Oil Company, the Tucker Corporation, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Village of Bolingbrook before starting his own construction company. He retired several years ago and was living in Arizona at the time of his death.
John was active in numerous organizations, including Aurora Moose Lodge #400, Joliet Cantigny VFW Post 367, Hal Carr DAV Post #19, Legion of the Moose Mecca #9, Joliet Elks Lodge 296, Rotary Club International (Bolingbrook Chapter), American Slovenian Home (Joliet Lodge), KSKJ Fraternal Order (Joliet), St. Francis Society #29, American Legion Post #1080, St. Joseph's Church in Joliet, the Old Timer's Baseball Club in Will County, the Pulaski Club of Phoenix AZ, St. George Church in Apache Junction AZ, and the Arizona Accordion Club.
The last of his generation, John was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, two brothers, and his wife Mary.
He is survived by his daughters, Marianne (Bernard) Phelan of Barrington, Jane (Jerry) Cameron of Channahon; sons, John Trippon of Fort Leavenworth KS, Jim (Kim) Trippon of Houston TX; grandchildren Dan & Elena Phelan, Jim (Mariah), Scott (Kate Erkkila), Jerry & Kevin (Sara) Cameron, Alexis & David Trippon; great-grandchildren Andy, Ben, Reid, and Sadie Cameron; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Per John's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, August 7th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Joliet, followed by a private burial.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in his name be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in The Herald-News on Aug. 5, 2014