James “Jim” Eugene Tripp of Bourbon, Missouri was born October 8, 1943 to Elijah and Gladys (Sitze) Tripp and passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the age of 78 years.
Jim grew up and attended school in Fredericktown, Missouri.
Immediately after high school, Jim joined the United States Air Force where he honorably served our country from 1960–1964.
Upon being discharged from the Air Force, Jim began his career at the Chrysler Automotive Plant in Fenton, Missouri where he worked and made many friends until his retirement in 1994.
Jim married Bonnie Sue Bunton, on March 11, 1977.
He and Sue worked to instill a love of Jesus, love for others, and a good work ethic in all of them.
After his retirement, he worked for several businesses in Sullivan, Missouri as a maintenance man. He worked these jobs all while being a caretaker for 20+ properties at Anthonies Mill until 2020 when his body would no longer allow him to do the work.
Jim accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1980. He attended and served God in various positions at New Testament Baptist Church and for the past 25 years at Meramec Valley Baptist Church.
You could always spot Jim out in an older Dodge truck with his grandson Johnathon as his sidekick, along with a couple of rottweilers.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Easterly; great granddaughter, Wintor Stephens-Tripp; two brothers, Dean Tripp and Lynn Barker; and two sisters, Nancy Tripp and Dorothy Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Tripp of Bourbon, Missouri; children, Maryanne Nelson and husband Kenneth of Tennessee, Leslie Anderson of Bourbon, Missouri, Angie Parker and husband David of Catawissa, Missouri, James W. Tripp of Claremore, Oklahoma and John Tripp and wife Leslie of Sullivan, Missouri; grandchildren, James, Jennifer, Joshua, Melilssa, Michael, Andrew, Jolene, Cody, Jeremy, Sumor, Kobe and Johnathon; great grandchildren, Tristyn, Julia, Jeremiah, Briella, Melia, Emalynn, Kayden, Jason, Brandon, Drake, Peyton, Jordan and Serenity; brother, Edwin Tripp of Fredericktown, Missouri; sister, Bonnie Bennett; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral Services was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Meramec Valley Baptist Church in Bourbon, Missouri with Pastors Erik Williams and Rick Owens officiating.
Interment followed at the Bourbon Cemetery with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.