Robert "Bob" L Ripley

September 5, 1935December 26, 2018

Robert “Bob” Ripley, 83, of Belleville. IL., born September 5, 1935 in Belleville, IL., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. At Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL. He was a graduate of Culver Stockton College, Canton, MO. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and looked forward to their yearly homecoming. Bob was an educator at the Mascoutah Jr. High for 33 years where he touched the lives of many students. He was a lifetime member of the NEA and IEA. He was also a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon Ripley and Mary Ripley (nee Morrisett); brother, Gordon Ripley; and sister, Mary Ellen Whitmore. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Carol Ripley (nee Gerlitz) whom he married on June 18, 1960; son, Robert (Greta) Ripley; daughter, Cynthia (Lee) Feaster; grandchildren, Lauren (Liesl), Bryan, Grace, and Benjamin; great grandson, Lucas; sister-in-law, Diane Pitlyk; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, or donor’s choice. Additional condolences may be offered online at Visitation: Friends may call from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Rd, Belleville, IL 62223. Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019 at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Rd, Belleville, IL 62223. Interment will be private.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

Robert "Bob" L Ripley

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Joe Dewees

January 18, 2019

With sympathy to Bob’s family and friends.
I attended CSC with Bob and have many great memories of good times with Bob.
Especially memorable was an evening with Bob and Carol and the Traicoffs during a homecoming weekend about 10 years ago.
RIP my friend.

Joe Dewees
Jacksonville. IL

Mike & Pat Ramsey

January 4, 2019

Rip will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. He was a kind and caring man. He and Carol where wonderful neighbors to our parents and brother. We were blessed with their friendship.

Tina Marietta

January 3, 2019

Mr. Ripley was one of my favorite teachers. His humor, dry wit, kindness, and wonderful art of teaching have been remembered long past my years in junior high. I am so sorry to read of his passing, but know he made a positive impact on this student, and is very fondly remembered.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Ronald Druse

January 2, 2019

Bob and Carol are neighbors of ours for many years. We didn't know them very well, but we know they are good people and we are sorry to see Bob leave this world. If you need anything at all we are here for you Carol. Ronald and Shirley Druse

Mike Buente

January 1, 2019

Bob was a tremendous friend to our family. My father (Jack Buente) and Bob shared many great times attending sporting events like the Rams games and many high school basketball games over the years.

They shared many laughs and enjoyed each others company with the rest of the Tuesday morning "breakfast club" while enjoying the fine dinning experience that only Denny's can provide.

Please accept our deepest condolences from the Buente family.