Charles Lewis Ripper
Date of Birth: October 28, 1929
Date of Death: June 29, 2019
July 12, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary
July 13, 2019 - 11:00 am - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary
Charles Lewis “Chuck” Ripper of Huntington, West Virginia, died on June 29th, 2019. He was born on October 28th, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chuck was the only son of Arthur D. and Hazel P. Ripper. He grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania, exploring the fields and woods around Evans City and graduating from Evans City public schools.
Chuck graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1949 and had illustrated his first children’s book before his twentieth birthday. Following graduation, he worked as an illustrator for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served as a Topographic Draftsman, preparing maps for the military. Upon completion of his military service, Chuck moved to Huntington, to become Art Director for Standard Printing and Publishing Company. Shortly after arriving in Huntington he married Virginia Ogle, whom he had met while stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Chuck left Standard Printing in 1965 to begin a career as a free-lance artist. Chuck was a nationally known wildlife artist, with many projects to his credit. He illustrated two dozen books, eleven of which he wrote. Chuck designed 81 stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and 575 conservation stamps for the National Wildlife Federation. His artworks graced the covers of many magazines and catalogs, including the L.L. Bean catalog. One of his most well-known paintings is “The Thundering Herd”, commissioned by Marshall University.
Chuck was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Huntington and had served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the Tri-State Arts Association and the Tri-State Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, and daughter, Joy Lee Ripper. He is survived by his daughters Elisabeth Kelly (Mike) of Paducah KY, and Janet Chambers (Doug), of Winfield, WV, and three grandchildren, Anna Chambers of Spokane WA, Joseph Kelly of Paducah, KY, and Charles Chambers of Winfield, WV.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary by The Rev. Skip Seibel. Interment will be private for the family in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, July 12, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and, after the Service Saturday at the funeral home.
Those who wish may make Expressions of sympathy to The First Presbyterian Church.
From: Gene mccoy Jul 5 2019 12:29PM We recall many times of togetherness with Virginia and Chuck.
Sally and I left Huntington in '92 and " lost touch ". Nonetheless, the warm remembrances came with us.
Chuck patiently advised me on a few sketches and subtly implied I had much to learn !
Janice and our girls shared some good times too ,
God bless the girls . He was a good friend to us.
Sally and Gene Mccoy
From: Dan and Shirley Webster Jul 7 2019 7:40PM Elizabeth, Janet and families, We are so sorry for your loss. From: Dot Dillard Jul 11 2019 9:32PM I am so sorry about Chuck. He and Ginny were friends of our since we moved to Huntington in 1953. We had many good imes together with our families. Love to Elizabeth and Janet and all the family. From: Doug Smith Jul 12 2019 10:49AM Elizabeth, so sorry for your loss of your Dad. From: Jim Griffin Jul 13 2019 12:12AM Sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing. We shared a lot of similar interests in nature. I remember good times talking to him about wildlife and visiting with him in his studio. He always wanted to know what was my favorite bird, when I told him it was the Western Tanager, he painted it in a fir tree with the Tetons in the background. I think of him whenever I look at it on our Family Room wall. My mother Shirley, and Aunt Lois, were always such good friends with Ginny and Chuck and kept me up to date with news of the whole family, All the best to Elizabeth and Janet and the rest of the family. —Jim Griffin From: Bob and Alex Griffin Jul 14 2019 12:37AM We are so sorry for your loss. Our Mother/Grandmother Shirley Griffin and our Aunt/Great Aunt Lois McCallister were always great friends with Ginny and Chuck. So, my Brother/Uncle, Jim Griffin and I became to know Ginny and Chuck. They are both very missed. We are glad to know that they are together again in Heaven. We will be praying for you and your family today, and the days to come. May God comfort you during this difficult time. From: Mark Welchley Jul 14 2019 1:11AM By change I just purchased one of Chuck's early pieces of art used to illustrate a 1950 nature book. As a result I became acquainted with his outstanding work. As a biologist and also a stamp collector I have to say he contributed his talents to many admirable fields. Rest in Peace. From: Dr. Terry L. wiley Jul 15 2019 6:28PM The World has lost a truly great man. The community will miss his kindness and talent.