Wallace Milton Ripley

By From page A2 | August 04, 2014

Wallace Ripley

April 25, 1918 — July 23, 2014

Wallace was born in Ludlow, Mass., to Wallace and Ethel Ripley. He attended school in Wilbraham, Mass., before moving with his family to California at the age of 15. He attended and graduated from Sutter Creek High School.

In 1936 Wallace went to work for Lewis and Lewis in Placerville as an apprentice sheet metal worker until 1941. Then he joined the war effort at the Sacramento Air Depot, working sheet metal parts, blue prints and changes on older planes until march of 1943, when he was drafted in the Navy. He served one year in radio technician school in Eureka, Calif. His next assignment in the Navy was in the Phillipines, stationed aboard a supply ship, and he was in charge of radio parts.

After his stint in the Phillipines, Wallace was sent stateside to Farragut, Idaho for two months at the Naval Armory. Then he went to Chicago at the Navy Pier for one month, then to Texas, where he attended the University of Houston for one year. His last stop in the Navy was at Treasure Island, near San Francisco, for two years. The slogan, “Join the Navy and see the world,” was certainly true for Wallace. After he was discharged from the Navy, he returned to Placerville, and went back to work at his old job at Lewis and Lewis. He retired from Lewis and Lewis in 1976.

As a private citizen, Wallace traveled extensively in the South Pacific and the western United States. He joined the Masonic Lodge in Placerville and earned his Master Mason Degree in 1948. In 1950, he joined the El Dorado Jeep Herders and was active in that organization, visiting much of the rugged western United States with his beloved World War II Jeep. He was a member of the American Legion and SIRs in El Dorado County.

Wallace joined the Model Train Association in 1963 and was active in the California State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and he volunteered his time and talent to assist in restoring trains in both the Sacramento and Carson City Train Museums. He had an extensive train collection at his home in Placerville and was an avid collector and builder of model trains most of his life.

At the age of 62, Wallace decided to give up the bachelor life and married Margaret Richards on June 6, 1976. He immediately became the father of Margaret’s five daughters, Edna, Jean, Donna, Susan and Virginia and their extended families. He jumped from the frying pan into the fire in one great leap. The rest is history. He and Margaret loved to travel in their motor home and spend time together, and enjoyed each other’s company. Their love for each other was an inspiration to their extended family, and they were together for 26 years.

Wallace was preceded in death by his father, Wallace; mother, Ethel; brother, David; wife, Margaret; and step-daughters, Susan and Edna. He is survived by his step-daughters, Jean, Donna and Virginia; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m., at the Chapel of the Pines, 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Call 530-622-3813 for more information. In lieu of flowers please donate to Snowline Hospice or your favorite charity.


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