Kirby B. Cripe, a hard-working and dedicated individual, passed away peacefully at his home in rural Syracuse on December 18, 2023. He was born on July 22, 1949, in Wolf Lake to Ray and Jeannette Cripe.
Kirby's career was marked by his unwavering commitment and dedication for his work. Throughout his professional journey, he held several positions at companies including Lippert Components, StarCraft RV, and Behlen Manufacturing. He was skilled in many positions but excelled as a welder. Known for his exceptional abilities and meticulous craftsmanship, Kirby left an indelible mark on his co-workers and others in the industry.
Kirby graduated from New Paris High School with the class of 1968. A few short years later he met the love of his life, Linda Cox. The pair met and were married in Missouri before settling in rural Syracuse where they raised two daughters of whom he was quite proud.
Kirby will be remembered as a kind and reserved individual who possessed a quiet demeanor. He had the unique ability to observe others in various situations but, when he spoke, everyone listened.
In addition, Kirby had various hobbies and interests. He held an affinity for anything outdoors, particularly splitting wood and attending tractor shows. He prefered John Deere Tractors but liked seeing all types of unique machinery. Kirby often read the newspaper and valued the tradition of Wednesday morning breakfast at the Charger House; it was during these gatherings that his family came together to share laughter and stories.
Survivors include his loving wife, Linda Cripe of Syracuse; two daughters, Lori Blaine of Walkerton and Kristina Pappe of New Paris; eight grandchildren: Bradley, Sabrina, Ricky, Jalen, Taryn, Gracyn “Gray" and twins. Kennisen and Tyson and seven great-grandchildren - all of whom brought great joy to his life. Kirby is further survived by his two sisters, Cheryll (Hubert) Schmucker and Julia (Steve) Mynhier.
Titus Funeral Homes are entrusted with care of Kirby and the Cripe family. A graveside service will be held to Celebrate Kirby's life on December 29, 2023 at Baintertown Cemetery in New Paris beginning at 1 PM. His brother-in-law, Hubert Schmucker will officiate the service.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Cripe family. Titus Funeral Home will receive the gifts on their behalf in person or by mail at Titus Funeral Home, 1001 South Huntington Street Syracuse, IN 46567. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.