Kenneth Vanriper

  • Born: November 2, 1919
  • Died: October 19, 2009
  • Location: Albert Lea, Minnesota

Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home

1415 N Hwy 13
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Tel. (507) 373-4330

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kenneth Wilson VanRiper was born on November 2, 1919 to James and Gladys (Wilson) VanRiper in Albert Lea, MN. He grew up in Albert Lea, and attended Albert Lea Schools. Kenneth worked at Wilson & Co. where he was a mill right foreman. On July 27, 1940 he was united in marriage to Wilda Nelson in Northwood, IA. Kenneth was a member of First Baptist Church since 1947 and enjoyed singing in the church choir. His favorite past times were camping, dancing, hunting, woodworking and mechanics. Survivors include his children, Sandy Van Wilgen, Janice (John “Sonny) Van Wilgen, James VanRiper, Robert VanRiper, Cheryl (Raymond) McManaman, Becky (Charles) Phagan, Alan VanRiper, Kenneth R. VanRiper (friend Bonita Moeller), and Cynthia VanRiper; grandchildren, Larry (Leah) Van Wilgen, Doug Van Wilgen, Jeff Van Wilgen, Rick (Karen) VanWilgen, Jody Van Wilgen, Julie (Craig) Hill, Jon (Peggy) Van Wilgen, Jacquie Deml, Jason (Tammy) Van Wilgen, James VanRiper, Tina (Jermie) Lutteke, April (Joe) Hyde, Thomas VanRiper, Todd (Kristina) VanRiper, Holly VanRiper, Sheila (Troy) Cordero, Michelle (Rob) Konrade, Kristin Tucker, Karla (Mark) Stevens, Troy (Dawnita) Phagan, Laurie (Ryan) Alles, Jeremiah (Katie) VanRiper, Thaddeus VanRiper; 63 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws; wife, Wilda; son-in-law, Gene Van Wilgen; daughter-in-law, Kathy VanRiper; grandson-in-law, Lawrence Deml; great-grandson, Phillip Robitaille; great-granddaughter, Shawn Florence VanRiper; brothers, Joe, Rip, Pud, and James; sisters, Helen Wellens and Sis Stauch; brothers-in-law, Richard Nelson, Gerald Nelson, Leo Carr and Russ Stauch; sisters-in-law, Dee VanRiper, Ruth VanRiper and Helen Nelson.