Gloria Leona Schmeltzer Ripley

Thursday, July 4, 2019
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Gloria Ripley, 87, of Spearfish, South Dakota, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Gloria Leona Schmeltzer Ripley was born at home in Lead, South Dakota on June 26, 1931 to father Louis Domonic Schmeltzer and mother Esther Emma Schaumann. She was the youngest of three children. The family moved to Spearfish, S.D. in 1940. Two more children joined the family.

Gloria graduated from Spearfish High School in 1949. She attended Black Hills Teacher College that fall and taught school in Farrell, Wyoming the following year. She met her husband, Owen Ripley in college and they married in August of 1956. To this union they had four children.

She taught school for 29 years in Farrell, Wyoming; Tilford and Deadwood, South Dakota; and Oilmont and Hardin, Montana.

Her most important job was raising her family. Her interests were gardening and quilting.

She is survived by her children, Becky (John) Maetzold, of Jordan, Montana, Rick Ripley, Spearfish, South Dakota, Alan (Kelly) Ripley, Bozeman, Montana and Rhonda (Craig) Shores, Panama City, Florida; nine grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; brother, Louis (Signe) Schmeltzer; and sister, Barbara (Raymond) Garness.

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Owen; her parents; sister, Rosella Worth; and brother, Dick Schmeltzer.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at