Richard Rippy

Richard Rippy

June 26, 1944 - May 24, 2012


Dear Friends and Family of Richard Rippy,

There will be a memorial and life celebration for Richard “Rich” Rippy this Saturday, June 23that 4:00 pm at InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living in Mission Viejo (25782 Obrero Dr., Mission Viejo 92691). Immediately following the service there will be a Life Celebration in the Irish tradition. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage to toast your relationship with him! He was loved and respected by many for his generosity and sense of duty.

He has been described as “bigger than life,” “a brilliant executive with a generous spirit” and a “one-of-a-kind friend and peer.’ Duty, loyalty, humility, responsibly and supporting others to become their best where his motto. A friend wrote, “He cut through emotion to what he recognized as the logical and effective solution.” One family member wrote, ‘He was always there,He always picked up the phone. Always.’

Richard was known for his thought-provoking statements like “cash is king,” “proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance,” “it’s all about the team” and “I’d rather die while living than live while dying.” His last written statement was ‘Try to judge me not for what I did, but look for what I’ve done.’

In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to donate to My Doggies Daycare or to Team Richard at the Alzheimer’s Association. My Doggie’s Daycare has cared for and is taking on the responsibility of adopting his dogs to a wonderful home. There remains a sizable outstanding balance. Sherri Young (owner) can be reached at A video of his dogs can be viewed at

Light a candle or leave a message at Richard Rippy’s memorial website by clicking on the following link: We treasure your stories and finds healing, peace and serenity in them.

Gratitude and blessings,
Karen Ebersole Rippy (wife)

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119 responses to Richard Rippy

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  1. Karen Rippy says:

    Many times a person is the epitome of a phrase or great quote, where that person comes to mind each time it is heard…

    “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
    -Theodore Roosevelt

    But Rich was much more than just an executive who lived by the words “Cash is King”, he was a man who always put others before himself, a great champion of learning and education, and one whose word you could always depend upon. He was a man of family and faith, and a person who always saw the best in people no matter how hard that they may try to show the worst side first, and would always describe the best qualities of those he knew to anyone who would listen.

    Rich was a person who enjoyed life to its fullest extent everyday, and in his rememberence we are celebrating his life and all the wonderful things he was to all of us…

  2. Karen Rippy says:

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  3. Diane Davis says:


    My deepest condolences go out to you and all of Rich’s family. I was deeply saddened by the news of his sudden death.
    This must be a very difficult time for you. Please remember that Rich touched many lives, was very much admired and respected and we will miss him so much. I truly enjoyed working with Rich at both Emulex and Continuus. He used to love to tease me about being short and I in turn loved his attention. I very much looked forward to seeing him at our Continuus Reunions. He was in the outstanding and brilliant group of executives I had the pleasure to work with.

    Warm Regards,

    Diane Davis

  4. Eric Fried says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I worked with Rich at Continuus years ago. He was always a nice and fair guy.

  5. Karen,

    I worked for Rich at Continuus Software, Access360, and IBM. I think your initial tribute says it all. He was a good man and it was truly an honor to work with him and call him a friend and boss.


    James F. Gore

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