Calvin Leroy Ripley, 77, Navy veteran who served during Vietnam

Calvin Leroy Ripley

HAMPSTEAD — Calvin Leroy Ripley, 77, passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center, Wilmington.

He was born Aug. 25, 1943, in McAlester, Oklahoma, son of the late James Coy Ripley and M. Pearl Oberquell. He honorably served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as an aviation ordnanceman with the rank of E6. He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Calvin loved his family, friends and pets. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church, Wilmington. His pastimes were fishing, NASCAR and spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ripley; father, James Coy Ripley; mother, M. Pearl Oberquell; sisters, Dorothy Mae Duncan, Marylou Constadopolis and Rosemarie Li; brother, James Robert Ripley; and stepbrother, Lamar Henneberg.

Surviving are his sister, Brenda Poppe (Dennis); stepbrother, Donald Henneberg (Dusty); stepsons, John Lehman, David Lehman (Jaye), Mike Lehman (Frankie) and Raymond Lehman (Helen); stepdaughters, Sue Fontaine and Brenda Sexton (Greg); numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 26, at Anchor Baptist Church. A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the church immediately following the visitation. Interment will follow in Sea Lawn Memorial Park, Hampstead.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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