Clarence A Rieper was born Dec.20, 1922 and passed away on Oct. 7, 2011 from a brief and sudden illness. He was the youngest child of Henry and Estelle Davis Rieper.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edmund and Wayne, and a sister, Florence Ruth Harper. Born and raised on a farm near Northport, he attended the one- room Cedar Creek School until eighth grade. He graduated from Northport High as Salutatorian in 1940. He was a retired veteran, serving first in the Air Force and then the Air National Guard.
Clarence worked for 22 years as firefighter for the Fort Lewis Fire Department, achieving the rank of Captain. He ran a handyman repair business. A frequent and respected customer of Lakewood Hardware and Paint, he would regularly drop in, often just for a cup of coffee, a Uno candy bar and a visit.
Being an outdoorsman all his life, he enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. Gardening was his particular passion and he was known for the huge vegetable garden and the beautiful flowers he grew every year.
Famous for his wit and humor, he was a master storyteller. A twinkle in his eye would arise upon relating the droll, slightly off-colored tales and bad jokes that he was renowned for.
Surviving him is his wife of 56 years, Nancy; daughters, Ruth, Margaret (Terry) Herron; grand-daughter, Maree Herron, and son, James Rieper, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Our grateful thanks to Dr. Jenson and the nursing staff of St Clare’s Hospital for the care he received during his hospital stay.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, Lakewood Food Bank or the Charity of your choice.
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