Ronald J. Ripp "Trail Boss"

POYNETTE/WAUNAKEE -- Ronald J. Ripp "Trail Boss", age 64, passed away on May 14, 2016, at the UW American Center Hospital in Madison, of heart failure.

Ron was born on September 18, 1951, in Madison, the son of Vernon and Doris (Spahn) Ripp. He married the love of his life and soul mate, Nancy Stronach, on April 23, 1977. Ron farmed in Waunakee for years, at home with his dad, until he was employed by the Farmers Implement Company in Madison for ten years. Upon leaving John Deere, he worked for 29 years for Evco Plastics until his retirement. Recently, he drove for DNT Trucking and Poynette Iron Works.

Ron was an incredibly brilliant man. His talents, strengths and accomplishments were innumerable. From technical work with machinery and vehicles to driving semi, dump trucks, farm equipment and his favorite--a 4-wheeler, Ron loved being on the road. In addition, some of his many loves were his family, friends, as well as his devoted pets, John Deere tractors, his meticulously-organized shops, yard, garden and vehicles. Hunting, fishing, ice fishing, football and his collection of two-cylinder tractors were just a few of his many hobbies. In addition, Ron had an enormous heart, always helping anyone. He would drop what he was doing to assist when needed, no matter what the circumstances or time of day. Ron had an incredible passion for life and all who helped him live it.

He is survived by his loving wife (his bride) Nancy, his mother Doris, brother Tom, sister Jean Ann (Don) Stronach, brother Danny (Lori), numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends. Ron was preceded in death by his father Vernon Ripp.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Owl’s Nest, Poynette, Wisconsin, on May 28 from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.  

“Once upon a time, you reached out your hand to me, and we began this journey… Along the way, I’ve discovered that being with you grows sweeter and sweeter every day. Wherever life takes us, the shelter of your embrace will always be my home—the light of your loving smile my warmth and comfort.”


For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)