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Jerry L. Triplett

Jerry L. Triplett

19 janvier, 1934 - 7 août, 2013

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Jerry Triplett, 79, of Winterset, Iowa, died Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 12th, at the First Christian Church in Winterset with a military graveside immediately following in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, near Van Meter.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, August 11th at Ochiltree Funeral Service where family will be present to receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.
Jerry Loyal Triplett was born in Warren County near Carlisle, Iowa on January 19, 1934 to Ralph and Fern (Legg) Triplett. Jerry attended a one-room schoolhouse in Warren County through the eighth grade and graduated from Carlisle High School in 1953. During high school, Jerry excelled as an athlete participating in football, basketball, track and baseball. He also became a talented singer.
Following graduation, Jerry joined the United States Army where he became a Sergeant and served three years in Panama. Following his discharge, he returned to Carlisle to marry his high school sweetheart, Nancy Smith. The couple was married on June 22, 1957 at Carlisle Christian Church.
Nancy and Jerry began their family while Jerry worked his way through college on the G.I. Bill. He served as a pastor for several years but eventually decided to pursue an education degree at Drake University. After receiving his master’s degree from Drake, he moved his growing family to Winterset in 1968, assuming the direction of the guidance department in Winterset High School, a position he would hold for over twenty-five years. Jerry officially retired from teaching in 1995 but remained active as a substitute teacher.
Jerry was devoted to his family, church, school and the community. He also volunteered for several years as an assistant cross country coach and many young people will recall how he always would “go the extra mile” to help a young person in need of a listening ear or a helping hand.
He was a member of the Winterset Optimist Club and a featured speaker for many civic organizations. He was also active as a little league and softball coach and a leader for Boy Scouts as well as volunteering with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Many will recall seeing Jerry jogging, a sport he took up in 1982 when he was 48 because of health concerns. He quickly developed a passion for running and cycling, logging hundreds of miles as he trained for his first marathon at Drake. Since then, he has run 20 marathons, including the Boston marathon in 1994, as well as countless shorter races, garnering a wall full of trophies and medals. In 1984, he accomplished a personal goal of running 50 miles on his fiftieth birthday. He has been a frequent participant in the Iowa Games and in 1994 qualified for the national Senior Olympics by winning the 5-kilometer race. As a cyclist, he has ridden RAGBRAI several times and in the summer of 1996 he joined a group who traveled coast to coast by bicycle in order to celebrate Iowa’s Sesquicentennial and promote Iowa tourism. He also completed another unusual goal: visiting all of Iowa’s 100 county seats by bicycle.
In all his travels, Jerry was a charming ambassador for Madison County and shared his zest for life with his heartwarming rendition of “God Bless America.”
He loved to garden and tend to his backyard miniature golf course dubbed “The Poor Man’s Country Club,” which has been generously shared with many friends and neighbors. He was a devoted father who was passionate about seeing that his children each obtained college degrees. Jerry was also extremely proud of his many grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Jerry has touched many lives, leaving behind a legacy of faith, joy and unconditional love.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Triplett of Winterset; his children, Chris Triplett (Denette) of Jacksonville, FL; Loyalty Miller (Don) of St. Louis, MO; Dennis Triplett (Eleazar Carrasco) of West Hollywood, CA; Robin Wolfgram (Kurt) of St. Louis, MO; Tracey Triplett (Amy Wootten) of Eureka, MO; 18 grandchildren, Jessica (David), Bethany, Kimberly, Jonathan, Ashley (Dave), Andrew, Allison, Ben, Emma, Caleigh, George, Christian, Jerod, Elizabeth, Aubrey, Gavin, Abby and Declan, and two great grandchildren, Zachary and Oliver.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jeri Jean Triplett; and his three siblings, Jack Triplett, Robert Triplett and Shirley Collins.

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Nom Jerry L. Triplett
Date de naissance 19 janvier, 1934
Date de décès 7 août, 2013
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Rich Koster a publié une condoléance .

God Bless Jerry Triplett, Man that we loved! He stood beside us, there to guide us Through a life filled with peace, like a dove. With his humor and convictions, He was faithful to your call God bless Jerry Triplett, Who blessed us all.

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David Higginbotham a publié une condoléance .

Peace and love to you all. ~David Higginbotham

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Brian Forgy & Shanna Tolley a publié une condoléance .

We are sad to hear about the loss of your dad. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

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Laura Endejan a publié une condoléance .

Dear Triplett Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you on this sad day. I am fortunate to know that Jerry's blessed heart and love of family will continue to be shared by Tracy to Amy, their children and all of our family. Very sorry unable to attend. Hugs & Kisses to all!

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Julian Garrett a publié une condoléance .

I enjoyed visiting with Jerry. I am sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

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Judy Russell a publié une condoléance .

We will miss this truly inspiring man. He loved life and spread joy to all.

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Carrie And Chris a publié une condoléance .

We send our sympathy to the family. Jerry was an amazing, positive person who immediately shared a love of life with all he encountered. With just having spent a little time with him, he was always playing a part in making people happy and comfortable. We know he will be missed and our hearts go out to the family and friends. May his spirit always be with you!

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Renee Kellogg a publié une condoléance .

Hi Nancy and family. I wanted to extend my condolences, as Nancy and Jerry are truly two of my favorite Winterset residents. It's probably because I've known you the longest besides my own family. I posted this on my facebook page the other day and wanted you to see it as well: Winterset lost a great man this week. Mr. Triplett was my favorite substitute teacher, the man who let all the neighborhood kids (and many high school PE classes) play mini golf in his backyard (as long ...as you don't whack the ball too hard), the man who grew strawberries and giant sunflowers on his front lawn b/c he sacrificed his backyard garden for the mini golf course. When we first moved to Winterset, the boys in my neighborhood were all my age but "icky." Luckily, the Triplett's granddaughter, Jessica, is the same age as my brother, and we would play together along with Jennifer, the next door neighbor's daughter (when she was there during the summers). A lot of afternoons took us to the Triplett's family room where we would watch Captain Planet, or play with toys that you would probably find in an antique store now (I specifically remember a doll high chair b/c it had similar animals on it that my own heirloom toybox has on it). Sometimes, we'd play in their backyard, where they had a massive garden (of course this was pre-mini golf course). I think their garden was dwarfed only by Ed Jensen's. (Another great Winterset guy from another generation that all the neighborhood kids loved. RIP Mr. Triplett, you are surely missed!

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Shanna Tolley & Brian Forgy a publié une condoléance .

Our thoughts and sympathy go's out to Robin and Tracy and your family. Your dad was a great man and was a great teacher and a wonderful person. He will be missed in our community and in many hearts.

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Alan And Debra Howard a publié une condoléance .

Alan and I will always cherish our memories of Uncle Jerry especially the ones when he went on his first RAGBRAII with our family some 25 years ago and then when he stayed with us a couple of years ago. He was always a kind and gentle man and truly loved his family and especially my Aunt Nancy. We are so sorry to lose him and our condolences to Nancy, his children and grandchildren.

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Anne Rozeboom a publié une condoléance .

My thoughts are with all of you. Mr. Triplett was always a friendly presence in the halls of WHS. His humor and music will live on through Chris, Lori, Dennis, Tracey, and Robin, all of whom I have fond memories, and their children. Peace to you all.

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Thomas And Rosa Kim a publié une condoléance .

Our deepest sympathy for the entire family of Tracey and Amy. He is in better place now. You are in our thoughts and prayer. Thomas and Rosa Kim

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Mike Davis a publié une condoléance .

I profoundly sad for your loss. I am a better person for knowing Jerry and watching how he gave to so many in need. I will miss him breaking out into song at any given moment. Mike and Julie Davis

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Sharon Livingston a publié une condoléance .

David and I are with you in spirit as you mourn the loss of Jerry and celebrate his life. We are so glad that we saw most of you last summer. You are all a tribute to the wonderful person Jerry has been, and his memory and influence will continue to bless your lives.

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Dave And Anne Stevens a publié une condoléance .

OUR SYMPATHY TO ALL THE TRIPLETT FAMILY .WE RODE WITH JERRY ON THE IOWA 150 RIDE - VISITED HIS HOME DURING RAGBRAI SEVERAL YEARS AGO - SAW HIS PHOTO IN THE DM REGISTER LEADING A PARADE LAST YEAR - A MOST ENJOYABLE BIKE RIDING FRIEND - DAVID AND ANNE STEVENS

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Ed Steinbrech a publié une condoléance .

Sorry to hear about the passing of Jerry, but know he no doubt is in a great place and will be with his family at a later date. He was a great biker and great person. We will all miss him.

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Dean And Jane Day a publié une condoléance .

We feel blessed to have known Jerry, and his family.

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Kathleen (Yocum) Michie a publié une condoléance .

I am sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. We sure had fun the summer of 1995 during the Iowa 150 bike ride. Many great memories. Kathleen (Yocum) Michie

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Lowell And Margaret Triplett a publié une condoléance .

We are deeply saddened by the news of Jerry's passing. What a wonderful man whose life would be an example to anyone. Jerry spoke at my mother's funeral and was inspirational in his joyous celebration of her life. His race is not yet over; his song continues. Lowell and Margaret

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Sandy Mckinney Peterson a publié une condoléance .

My thoughts & prayers go out to the entire Triplett family. Blessings to you all. I was a graduate of Winterset High School in 1970.

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Sandy Mckinney Peterson a publié une condoléance .

My thoughts & prayers go out to the entire Triplett family. Blessings to you all. I was a graduate of Winterset High School in 1970.

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Debbie Leslie Holliday a publié une condoléance .

Nancy and family, I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Triplett's death. What a wonderful, positive, life-loving man. I remember how much my dad, Dean Leslie, liked him. He considered him one of his best friends. I also remember your older kids taking private lessons. And I remember Dennis was in my kindergarten class where I cadet taught. I remember that something was wrong with Dennis' birthday. Then we figured out that his dad had signed him up for kindergarten and had listed one of his sibling's birth date as his - lol. Also, I remember when Dad first told me about this lively family with a bunch of kids who moved into Darlene Johnson's former house. He said somebody - either the mom or dad - ran over one of the kids' ankles while backing the car out of the garage. Do you kids remember that? What a great family and what a special guy your husband and dad was! He will be missed by the whole town.

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Marylyn Tuura a publié une condoléance .

What a gift to the Winterset community Jerry is!!! He has always been such a huge contributor to everyone's lives. Jerry recently personally touched my life during a really tough time for me--it's an encounter that showed me his (and God's) unconditional love and empowerment--but he does that for everybody. Gives me (us) a beacon for how to live life fully! God holds you dearly to His heart--as do many of us, Nancy and family. Jerry will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to you all. But, our faith is our guide! We will all meet again. Praise God for such a life well lived and race well run!

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Becky Porter a publié une condoléance .

I really enjoyed Mr.T. as a teacher in the late 70's.He always made u smile and was a great person.He will be missed by all that had him in school at WHS.

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Michelle Tanner a publié une condoléance .

Tracy, I am sorry to hear about this sudden loss. Many prayers sent your way for much strength for you, your siblings and your mother, as you all reflect on the wonderful life and memories that your father shared with you all.

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Jan Boon a publié une condoléance .

Amy, Our sincere sympathy with your, and your family's loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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