William Ripley "Rip" VanWinkle, Vancouver, passed away December 7, 2011, at his home at the age of 59 years. Memorial services will be Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 3 p.m., at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Dr. Joy Kachel officiating. Private inurnment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through the funeral home. There will be a dinner at the Rebekah Lodge following the service.
He was born August 25, 1951, in Walla Walla, the son of William and Helen VanWinkle. He attended schools in Umapine, and Walla Walla, graduating from Wa-Hi in 1970. He married Betsy in November 1971. The couple were later divorced. He married Jennifer in 1980 and they were later divorced. Rip worked at the shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. He then traveled to China as well as several places in the United States, working on nuclear reactors. He later worked as a school custodian for the Kitsap County School District. Rip moved to Vancouver, to be closer to his family and worked Karcher in Vancouver. He loved to go camping with his best friend, Phil. You could often find him floating on a raft in the lake with his Coke and probably some dried out red licorice. He never wore a shirt in good weather as he loved to soak up the sun. He loved to cook, especially spaghetti with pepperoni, and play cribbage. He also enjoyed teasing, playing pinball and helping those who needed it.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Amy Jo and Rick Tomas of Vancouver; two sisters, Gina Schmierer of Vancouver, Nonie Petrie of Walla Walla; a brother, Robin Gallo of Walla Walla; a step-brother, Frank Gallo of Hermiston; three grandsons; five nephews and one niece.