Patrick L "Papa Pat" Ripley, 61, of Fort Wayne died peacefully, May 9, 2020 at home, with his loving wife, and dog Gracie, by his side. Pat was born January 21, 1959 in Fort Wayne and was the son of the late Richard and Dorothy Ripley. He served our country in the U S Navy and was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Pat loved being an area supervisor at Fort Wayne Metals. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, enjoyed watching Navy defeat Army, Big 10 sports, fishing, power lifting and spending time outdoors manicuring his lawn. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl A. "Cherie" Ripley; son, Matthew J (Kara) Ripley of Madison, WI and Michael P (Abbey) Ripley of Fort Wayne, IN; step-children; Elisa M. Hoffman, Aimee B. (Tramel) Prosser, Kyle J. (Jackie) Mills and Matthew K. Mills; sister-in-law Marilyn Friedrich; 13 grandchildren; brother, Timothy (Holly) Friedrich of Fort Wayne, IN. Pat was preceded in death by his brother John Friedrich. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Thursday, May 14, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road with calling one hour prior. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Face covering is required, gathering of 25 people and social distancing will be followed. Inurnment will be in Saint Vincent Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of N E Indiana or Matthew 25. To sign the online guest book, go to www.divinemercyfuneralhome.com.
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