Billie R. Rippy, 87, of Johnson City, Texas passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 1, 2019.
He was born in Mt. Gaynor, Texas on October, 30, 1931 to Ollie Edith and William Felix Rippy.
Billie spent most of his youth raising sheep and goats all over central and south Texas ranches with his family. He joined the United States Marine Corp from 1949 to 1952, and served in the Korean War, where he was one of the Chosin Few, receiving, Korean service medal, Presidential unit awards, and Purple Heart medals.
After returning from war he moved back to central Texas raised his family. He also go serious about calf roping, and for many years was a member of RCA, finally winning OTRCA world champion calf roper in 1983. Billie was well known as one of the best goat and cattlemen in the state.
Billie retired to his and Alma's ranch in Johnson City where they raised goats, sheep and exotic deer. Billie and Alma never turned down an orphaned animal. Grandchildren always thought it was like going to the zoo. Billie was an avid sports fan, loved watching baseball and football games on tv, and attending high school football games.
On most Wednesdays he was known to be a pretty tough moon (domino) player at the Old domino hall.
Billie was preceded in death by both of his parents, 1 sister, 7 brothers, and 1 son Billie Rae Rippy.
Billie is survived by his wife Alma of over 40 years, daughter, Laura Bruton and husband Jerry; son, Lance Rippy and wife Missy; stepsons, Randy Sansom and wife Donna; Mike Sansom; stepdaughter, Kathy Bakat and husband Johnny; 11 grandkids, 17 great grandkids, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the VA hospice of Fredericksburg, especially Desiree and Mario.
Immediately following the memorial all are invited to greet the family during a luncheon in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home. (830) 895-5111
Dripping Springs Baptist Church
203 W. 290 Highway
Dripping Srings, TX 78620
Saturday, February 16, 2019
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