Chicora Man and Vietnam War Veteran Named Butler County’s Veteran of the Year

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Bob Ripper

The Honored Veteran of the year for Butler County is Robert Ripper of Fairview Township. He is to be honored at the Veteran of the Year luncheon on 14 Nov 15 at American Legion Post 778 in Lyndora. He will participate in the annual Veterans Day Events in Butler and surrounding area.
He said he is happy to be honored and wishes to thanks those that help him get this honor. “It was a total surprise,” Ripper, 69, said, and that there are many other people out there who deserve the honor as well.
Bob Ripper was in the Army from November 1965 to September 1967 on active duty, and honorably discharged. He was in Vietnam from July 1966 to September 1967 serving as a communications operator and mail clerk. He operated a radio when in convoys to Transport personnel and fuel.
Outside of the service, he has been affiliated with the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church his entire life and serves as a substitute usher.
Bob Ripper has been active in the Chicora Volunteer Fire Company for more than 48 years, and is a past president and secretary.
The Woodsmen of World # 8 Butler Lodge awarded the Community Partnership Award which recognized the value he has provided over many years to multiple area Initiatives.
He also served on the Chicora library council, helping to raise funds to get a Library branch established at the Chicora Medical Center.
Bob Ripper is a member of the American Legion Post 642, serving as commander in 2010 and 2011. He currently is the chaplain and service officer.
At the post, he is in charge of and maintains medical equipment that is loaned out to veterans who cannot afford to buy or rent such equipment. He also conducts military funeral rites and gets flags for veterans’ graves on Memorial Day.
He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Bob does Veterans Day presentations and programs at schools, medical centers and retirement homes.
Bob said he always liked getting involved and helping people out. “If I can help anybody, I’ve always tried my best to help them out,” Bob stated. He takes veterans to register for and participate at VA Butler Healthcare, and he has helped veterans and veterans’ widows get their military benefits.
He graduated from Karns City High School in 1964.
He retired after 27 years of working at Penreco.
Bob and his wife, Daria, have two adult sons, Jack and Brett.

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