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Ralph C. Krippner

December 11, 1939-June 24, 2018

MOLINE — Ralph Charles Krippner, 78, of Moline, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 24, 2018, at home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at St. Mary’s Church, Moline. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111-1st St A, Moline, with a rosary recited at 3:30 pm. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 246, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Mary’s Church or the Carton Scholarship Fund for Seminarians.

Ralph was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Edward and Beatrice (Falout) Krippner. Intrepid pilgrim and lifelong learner, Ralph married Mary Mielke on June 9, 1962. In 1977, they settled in Moline. He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal as a Historian.

Tapping into the graces of his Catholic faith, Ralph prayed daily mass and served as Eucharist minister, lector and server at funeral Masses. He enjoyed Bible studies and meetings with the GK Chesterton Society.

Ralph’s life motto was “Solvitur Ambulando” — it is solved by walking. Ralph’s favorite long-distance hikes included Pennine Way, Offa’s Dike and the Coast-to-Coast trails in England and the Camino de Santiago. Local adventures included all walking paths in town, RVing across the U.S. and daily trips to the YMCA and public library.

His passions were his five children; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his wife of 56 years. He was renowned for his generous hospitality, especially, Sunday brunch and his pun humor.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Phil (Sue) Krippner, Utah, Cari (Cindy) Krippner, Washington, Kerstin (Paul) Cathcart, Oregon, Steve (Linda) Krippner, Washington, and Maggie (Kevin) Schoonmaker, Moline; and 10 grandchildren. Condolences may be left at

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