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Marvell Junior Tripp

November 15, 1931 January 11, 2010
Marvell Junior Tripp
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Worthington, Minnesota

     Marvell Junior Tripp was born November 15, 1931 in Worthington, MN to H. Marvell and Meroe (Scott) Tripp. He attended local schools and Worthington Junior College and Carlton College in Northfield, MN. Marv enlisted in the United States Air Force January 13, 1954. He and Dolores Ann Ling were married in Worthington on March 8, 1955. After their marriage they lived in San Antonio, TX, where he graduated from cadet school as a navigator for the military air transport wing of the 47th squadron. They later lived in Vacaville, CA, and Honolulu, HI, where he was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base at Pearl Harbor. Marv and Dolores had their first son, David, born in Hawaii on June 30, 1956. After his discharge from active duty in the Air Force, Marv continued for the next twenty years as a liaison officer for the United States Air Force Academy retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
     Marv and Dolores had two more sons upon their return to Worthington in 1957. Steven was born in 1958, and Timothy following in 1962. Marv joined his father in the abstract and insurance business at Tripp Abstract and Insurance Agency. He would later buy the insurance agency from his father and continue in the business until his retirement in 1993. Dolores passed away on October 8, 1992, after a long illness. Marv married Hermina Voit on Valentine’s Day in 1995 in Sun City, AZ. Marv and Hermina wintered in Arizona for several years and made their permanent home in Worthington.
     Marv was elected to three terms as a Nobles County Commissioner and served many years on the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed Board and later on the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. His lifelong love of hunting lead him to serve as a Minnesota Firearms Safety Instructor for 50 years. He was Minnesota’s Firearm Safety Instructor of the Year recipient in 1994. Marv enjoyed golf, hunting with his sons and grandkids and rarely missed his 3:00 coffee date with his coffee buddies.
     Marv passed away at his home with Hermina at his side on Monday, January 11, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Hermina, sons, Dave (Roxie) and Tim (Kris), both of Worthington, and Steve, Maple Grove; and one sister, Judy Koepsell, Worthington. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Melissa, Matt, Alex, Connor and Miranda; five stepchildren; eleven step grandchildren, and seven step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Dolores, one brother, David, and one sister, Marlus Pederson.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. James Krapf officiating. Casket bearers will be Alex Tripp, Connor Tripp, Miranda Tripp, Matt Tripp, Melissa Tripp, and Ryan Jones. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010, at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.


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