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Edwin Cripe

| February 8, 2005 11:00 PM

Edwin Willis Cripe, 91, of Hermiston, Ore., died on Nov. 24, 2004.

He was born on March 15, 1913, to Rufus and Bertha Cripe on the family homestead on Callahan Creek.

In April 1935, Eddie married Sarah Grigg of Troy and they had three children, Jerry, David and Patricia..

As a young man, Eddie worked in the woods, felling timber and making and shipping cedar posts.

The family moved to Oregon in 1953 and Eddie worked in the timber industry for several years before purchasing a grape vineyard.

Active in the Grape Growers Association for many years, Eddie later bought a truck used to deliver mobile homes.

He retired in 1978 and devoted retirement years to caring for his wife Sarah who had been in a serious automobile accident.

He will be remembered as a thoughtful husband, helpful dad, special grandfather and loving brother.

Eddie was preceded in death by Sarah, his wife for 65 years; son David Walter Cripe, and brothers Ford Cripe and Robert Cripe.

He is survived by sister Margery Higgins; daughter Patricia Rebman; son Jerry Cripe; a grandson they raised, David (Skip) Cripe, along with six other grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Hermiston on Dec. 1, 2004.