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
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
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.