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“You will be missed ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Elizabeth Polhans Parrish - IL

“Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis and Linda Fredrickson

“What wonderful memories we have of years ago at Nauvoo camps and reunions with Wilbur and his great sense of humor. We love all his family. Just want...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Sue Atkinson (Hendricks) - MO

“Thinking of the family during this difficult time and sending caring thoughts. I'll always remember Wilbur and Dad fishing together. Maybe they will...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Pam Huebner - Family

“I'm sorry that we have lost Uncle Wilbur. He is missed already. My condolences to Aunt Helen and the rest of the family. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Tyra Tripp - Las Vegas, NV

“Sorry for your family's loss. Prayers sent. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Pam King - Oak grove, MO - Friend

“My prayers are with you, may God's Spirit be with you through these times. Love Rick ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Rick Savage - Nauvoo,, IL

“So sorry for you loss. From the Tanner family. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Ron Tanner - Friend

“I just visited Wilbur and Helen last month. It was a nice visit and I was saddened to see Wilbur in his condition. An excellent point he made was...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: John Boeddeker - Friend


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Wilbur R. Tripp, age 97 of Niota, IL passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on September 15, 1918 in Antioch, MO to Ralph and Vera Walker Tripp. On June 21, 1941 he married Helen Westfall in Edina, MO and they would have celebrated their 75th anniversary this month. Wilbur served in the US Army during WWII from 1942-1945. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska and then went to Germany and served under General Patton at the Battle of the Bulge. Wilbur worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and retired after thirty eight years of service. He was a member of the Community of Christ Church where he served as an elder. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a bee keeper. Wilbur was also a graduate of Ft. Madison High School.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Tripp of Niota; a daughter, Janet (Dan) Burford of Niota; four sons, Roger (Shirley) Tripp of Niota, Charles (Linda) Tripp of Nauvoo, Larry (Ann) Tripp of Niota and Duane (Cindy) Tripp of Niota; fourteen grandchildren; two step grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; two brothers, Elbert Tripp of West Point and Lloyd Tripp of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Cheryl Nelson of Independence, MO; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Darrell Tripp and one sister, Fern Larson.
The family will meet with friends from 9-11 AM on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at King-Lynk Funeral Home and Crematory. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM following the visitation with Rev. Hugh Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in Thornber Cemetery, Powellton, IL with military rites performed by the Nauvoo American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for Lee Co. Hospice or Thornber Cemetery and online condolences may be left at www.kinglynk.com

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