Rippeys celebrate 75 years of marriage

Sara and Charles Rippey in 1946.

Sara and Charles Rippey will celebrate 75 years of marriage on March 20. They were wed on March 20, 1942.

Charlie, a 1939 mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin, served in WWII for 4 years. He attained the rank of captain in the Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in Europe and North Africa. He had a successful career at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company until 1978, when he went to work for Norris Industries in Brea, California. Sara, an avid bridge player, took care of the family and a succession of beautiful homes.

They have lived in Napa for 35 years, which is longer than they have lived anywhere else in their lives. During this time, they enjoyed many games of tennis and golf at Napa Valley Country Club.

All of their five children were in Napa to celebrate with them in early March. They also have 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family is eagerly anticipating Charlie’s 100th birthday in July.

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