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Richard Lee Whipple

Richard Lee Whipple

Whipple, Richard Lee, 49, of Boise, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 22 , at Ten Mile Christian Church, 3500 W Franklin Rd , Meridian. A committal service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.   Cremation was under the direction of the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.



Richard Lee Whipple, 49, of Boise, Idaho, passed away March 12, 2017.  Services will be held at Ten Mile Christian Church on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am , 3500 W Franklin Rd , Meridian. A committal service with military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m., at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Rich was the son of Terry and Michelle Whipple, and was born in Boise, Idaho on March 2, 1968.  Rich graduated from Meridian High School in 1986 and then joined the US Navy on June 23, 1987 – May 12, 1990 where he served on the USS Midway CV-41, E3. He specialized as an electrical/mechanical equipment repairman.  During his service he was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Second).  During his time he travelled on the USS Midway and stopped off in many countries such as Japan, Korea, Africa, Australia, among others.  He was counted on to help run the catapult system, assisting with the take off and landings of several types of aircraft.  In 1993 he married Janene Jetson and they had 2 beautiful children.  Rich and Janene divorced, and he soon met and married Diane Whipple on October 8, 2005. They share a beautiful daughter together.  Diesel Mechanic by trade, he worked for R&R Services most of his life and was their shop manager until his death.

Rich had such a wonderful heart and would do anything for anyone. He stopped countless times to help those stranded on the roadway, and would lend a hand to anyone who needed it in any way imaginable. He always said it was a hand up, not a hand out. He also was a teacher at heart and whether you were family or a complete stranger, it was pure joy for him to teach someone in a way that would help them be better.  He had a sense of adventure and loved the outdoors. Growing up waterskiing, he was like a fish in the water. He loved to fly fish in Stanley, camp and explore all over Idaho, ride dirt bike, snowboard, bow hunt, and most of all, let his hair fly in the wind as he made several road trips on his motorcycle.  You could always count on him to make a new trail in the snow or push to the extremes in the dirt.  Rich was a family man and was always able to share his sense of adventure with his kids, and really play on their level. He brought laughter into serious conversation and was always looking to make others smile. Rich was also very patriotic and it gave him great joy to be able to thank Veterans he came in contact with and honor them through any way he could.

Rich is survived by his Wife Diane Whipple (Jakomeit), Boise, Idaho, son Chad Hager, Boise Idaho, daughter Cassidy Whipple, Boise, Idaho, son Zachary Whipple, Meridian, Idaho, daughter Ella Whipple, Boise, Idaho, parents Terry and Michelle Whipple, Meridian, Idaho, brother Ron and Misty Whipple, Meridian, Idaho, sister Sharlene Whipple and brother in law Shando Gillespie, Nampa, Idaho, along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in the Boise, Idaho area.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, in memory of Rich.

Other donations can be made to the Richard Whipple donation account at Idaho Independent Bank.
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