Othal Fay Rippetoe

Oct 7, 1935 - Jan 10, 2015


Othal Fay Rippetoe
10/7/1935 – 1/10/2015

Othal was born in Davidson, Arkansas, the 5th child of John Austin Rippetoe and Stella Lee Ann Rippetoe. When he was a child, the family moved to Northern California, settling in Susanville in Lassen County. Othal grew to adulthood in this small town, attending school and sharing family life with his six brothers and three sisters.

In 1953 he married Geraldine Sorenson and the couple soon moved to Sacramento, purchasing their home on Pry Court where Othal would live for the rest of his life. Othal and Gerry raised their two children, Gary and Leona, in this home and it was walking distance to the nearby Lucky Market where Othal worked for 28 years as a retail clerk, a well-known member of the community. When he retired from his job at Lucky, he began a second career with the California Department of Corrections, spending 12 years with the CDC as a Correctional Officer at Folsom State Prison. In addition, he worked for the California Racing Commission as a pari-mutuel clerk.

Throughout his life, Othal was a sports enthusiast, both as a fan and as a competitor. During his high school years, he played Varsity Baseball during his freshman and sophomore years. He also competed in track and field events and held several records in his division. As an adult, he participated in fast-pitch softball leagues for over 20 years. His interest in horseshoe pitching developed into league competition and his outstanding abilities at the game led him to compete throughout the United States and internationally, with frequent medal-winning performance. A highlight of his competitive career included winning the State Championship in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association two times. In 2008, he was inducted into the United States Police and Fire Games Hall of Fame, recognized as an “individual who consistently exhibits good sportsmanship, camaraderie and the overall excellence in his profession.”

He leaves behind a large circle of friends and family who will remember his quiet nature, his friendly demeanor, his generosity and his hospitality. He showed genuine concern for others and could always be counted on for a kind word, a warm welcome and a cold beer.

Othal is survived by his son, Gary Rippetoe, and daughter, Leona Rippetoe; his sister, Evelene Hayes; his brother Glenn Rippetoe, all living in the Sacramento area, and his brother Harlen Rippetoe of Madera. Othal has three grandchildren, James Rippetoe, Phillip Rippetoe and Joseph Mahoney.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, Geraldine Rippetoe, after 48 years of marriage.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Norm Linebaugh says:

    Played softball jn the league with all the Rippetoes, All were great sports and true gentlemen. Fond memories of those days.

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