Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Carl Cripe, of Dahlonega, Ga., previously of Centerville, Ga., passed away Dec. 1, 2012, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Bob lived a full and exciting life, including a distinguished military career, devotion to God and family and countless hours of selfless volunteerism.
Duty, honor, country and family were not mere words to Bob; they were everything. He was a member of Dahlonega United Methodist Church in Dahlonega, Ga., and formerly a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Warner Robins, Ga. Col. Cripe served a distinguished 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1974, he completed pilot training to become an F-4 pilot. Bob finished his career at Warner Robins Air Force Base as the commander of the 93rd Operations Group, where he deployed in support of Operation Allied Force.
Col. Cripe’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal with 2 OLC, Air Force Achievement Medal, and SW Asia Service Medal with one device. After retiring from the USAF, he joined C2 Technologies as a senior vice president, where he remained employed until his passing.
Col. Cripe is preceded in death by his father, Donald Carl Cripe.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Kathryn Cripe; mother, Mariam Cripe, Indianapolis; children, TSgt. Sean Carl (Sarah) Cripe, Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom, and Jacqueline “Annie” (Ian) Drennan, Smyrna, Ga.; grandchildren, Kaiya Page Drennan, Corbin Carl Cripe, and Baby Drennan; brothers, Todd (Cheryl) Cripe, Marietta, Ga., and Scott (Barbara) Cripe, Bloomington; aunt, Janet Cripe, Marion; and nephews, Jesse Cripe, A1C Nicholas Cripe, Everett Cripe and Dellon Cripe.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org) or Paul Anderson Youth Home (www.payh.org)
Condolences may be expressed online at www.dahlonegafuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Dahlonega Funeral Home, 20 Gibson Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706-864-DOVE.