Marion G. Tripp, 88, of Whites Corners Road, Columbus, Pa., died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Erie, Pa.
He was born December 3, 1922, in Spring Creek, Pa., a son of the late David O. and Sara Peat Tripp.
Marion was raised and educated in Spring Creek and as a young man served with the U.S. Navy during WW II. He served for four years in various locations on these ships: NTS Great Lakes, Illinois, USS Salt Lake City, USS Nehenta Bay and the USS Amsterdam.
After his discharge, he worked numerous jobs before going to work for the City of Corry Water Department, where he worked from March 1, 1961, until his retirement March 31, 1987.
He was a member of the Riceville New Life Church of the Nazarene, Riceville, Pa., and enjoyed time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting and trap shooting.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Tripp, in 1990; and a grandson, Marty Coughlin, in 1976.
Marion was also preceded in death by four brothers, Robert "Bob,” Ralph “Sam,” Clarence and Lionel "Gizz" Tripp; seven sisters, Celesta Lindsey, Francis Darling, Ada Louie, Lillian Cox, Lydia Jukes, Elsie McDonald and Edith Prenhes.
Marion is survived by his wife of 65 years, Stella McDonald Tripp, whom he married April 17, 1946, in Baltimore, Md.; his daughter, Elsie Fisher and her husband, Ronald of Lewistown, Pa.; three grandsons, Frederick "Rick" Fenno and his wife, Tammy, of Columbus, Pa., Marion Coughlin of Lewistown, Pa., and Matthew Coughlin and his wife, Ashley, of McVeytown, Pa.; and two great-granddaughters, DonnaRae Speer and Aliza Hailey-Mae Coughlin; and a stepgreat-grandson, Hayden Wright; and a great-great-granddaughter, Tarrina S. Speer.
He is also survived by his sister, Pauline VanGuilder of Faulkner, NY.; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and attend the service there on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Clyde Cooper of the Riceville New Life Church of the Nazarene will officiate.
Burial will be in the Spring Creek Cemetery, Spring Creek, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Patient Fund, 135 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16504.