Obituary: Ralph E. Tripp, Sr., Saw Flag Raised At Iwo Jima

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Sgt. Ralph E. Tripp, Sr.
Sgt. Ralph E. Tripp, Sr. Photo Credit: Contributed Photo

GRAFTON, Mass. - Sgt. Ralph E. Tripp, Sr., 86, a retired Grafton Police officer, passed away Nov. 30, 2012.

He is predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Marie E. (Dumas) Tripp who died April 18, 2002. Ralph leaves behind his children, Lorinda Tripp and Ray Nydam; Karen Baker; Jennifer Tripp and her husband Paul Pockevicius; Patricia Tripp and her husband Roger Richard; Paula Tripp; Grafton Police Lt. Wayne Tripp and his wife Maryanne; Ralph Tripp, Jr. and his wife Bonnie; Douglas Tripp, and Edward Tripp. He also leaves his grandchildren, Chris Baker, James Tripp Pockevicius, Tyler, Jolene, Kyle, Kayla, and Tanya Tripp, Sandy Benoit, and Randy and Nathan Smith. Ralph also is predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

Ralph was a decorated Sgt. of the U.S.M.C., serving in the Korean War and World War II in the Pacific theatre. Ralph could recall with detail fighting in Korea, and he was also a witness to the original American flag-raising at Iwo Jima. He was wounded in action, receiving a Purple Heart and many other awards for his duty. Ralph was dedicated to the U.S.M.C. – Semper Fi.

Ralph was also a Grafton Police Officer for many years, the Grafton Dog Officer, and also worked at Lodding Engineering. Ralph and his wife owned Tripp Family Farm/Silver Spring Kennels, where they raised German Sheperds and A.M.H.R. miniature show horses and Boston Terriers.

His family would like to thank Manor on the Hill Leominster Adult Day Health, Veterans Services in Worcester, and Ralph’s driver and dear friend Tom.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions honoring Ralph may be made to Veterans Services of Worcester, 605 Lincoln St., Worcester MA 01605 or Manor on the Hill, Leominster Adult Day Health, 450 N. Main St., Leominster MA 01453.

A Funeral Service for Ralph will be held Wednesday Dec. 5th at 10 a.m. at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., N. Grafton, MA 01536 followed by burial with Military Honors at Riverside Cemetery in Grafton. Directions and an online condolence book to share memories of Ralph are available at:

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May the Good Lord grant you safe passage Ralph, on your journey to eternal peace... God Bless You, and your family - may they stay strong and close during this difficult time...