HAMPTON, VA - John S. Tripp, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep April 14, 2023. John was born in Salina in 1938, the only child of Orval and Ruth Tripp. He earned Electrical Engineering degrees at Kansas State University and a PhD at the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army (1st Lt.). The Army sent him to NASA, in Hampton, Virginia, where he worked the rest of his career as an Aeronautical Engineer.
John had a massive stroke in February 2020, which left him almost totally paralyzed, but didn't dampen his sense of humor.
John was a faithful member of his church, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and serving as church treasurer for nearly 30 years. John was always so kind and thoughtful, constantly looking for ways to help others.
John was predeceased by his parents. Left to treasure his memory are his cousins in Kansas and Colorado, his friends in Virginia, and his faithful dog Biscuit.
Many thanks to the nurses and staff at Elite Elder Care.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina. A celebration of John's life will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1509 Todd's Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Peninsula Rescue Mission, PO Box 377, Newport News, VA 23607.
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