Robert Harris Ripley, Jr.
1939 - 2015
Robert Harris Ripley, Jr. (Bob), 76 of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Santa Barbara, died on March 26, 2015. He was born March 4, 1939 in Evanston, Illinois. In his toddler years moved with his parents, Janet Kirk and Hampton Ripley, sisters Lynn and Polly and brother, Peter to La Jolla, California and finally to Montecito, California in 1949.
He graduated with the class of 1957 from Santa Barbara High School, where he played drums in the SBHS Band and SBHS orchestra. He was involved with the SBHS Ham Radio Club, plus was in the ROTC Rifle club. In the SBHS yearbook he states that his plans were to go into television production and electronics, which he did after he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell New Mexico in 1963.
His lifelong career was in various levels of radio and television broadcasting including owning and operating several radio stations, producing travel videos, working at Bank of America’s video department, and engineering at KEYT then retiring to Tucson, AZ. On his Facebook Page he identified himself as a “laidback old broadcaster”.
Robert is predeceased by brother Peter, father Hampton, mother Janet Ripley Fargo, step-father, Edward A. Fargo, Jr., and step-brother Edward A. Fargo III. His sister Lynn Ripley Willmarth died nine days after he died, April 5, 2015.
He is survived by his sister Polly Ripley Wadsworth, her daughter, Courtney Williams and Matthew of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lynn’s three children: Hampton Flanagan, Laura Flanagan Cooper and Peter Flanagan and their spouses, and step-sister Sara Fargo, of Santa Barbara.
He will be remembered by his family and close friends as a good guy possessing a playful sense of humor, and a good listener, a kind man who will be known as a gentleman evermore.
A family memorial service and scattering of ashes took place in the Santa Barbara Harbor on June 27, 2015.