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Hershel E. Ripley

7/16/1955 - 7/25/2020

CREVE COEUR ~ Hershel Edward Ripley, 65, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Sharon Health Care Willows in Peoria.

He was born July 16, 1955 in Peoria to Hershel Eugene and Sherrill Genell (Toepfer) Ripley. His parents preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by one nephew, Brett Baker.

Surviving are one sister, Susan (Butch) Baker of Malvern, Arkansas; one nephew, Nathan (Debra) Baker of Conway, Arkansas and a great-nephew, Gabriel Baker.

Hershel had served in the United States Army and was a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.

He was a self-employed maintenance repairman and carpenter. Hershel enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on cars. He also enjoyed riding and driving cars as well.

Private services and burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin. No visitation is planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60707.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com