Kendall M. Ripp

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ORLANDO, FL–Kendall Martin Ripp (formerly known as Brother Simon, C.Ss.R., Congregatio Sanctissimi Redemptoris) passed away at age 78 on Jan. 7, 2021 at home in Orlando, FL.

He was born in Madison on Feb. 18, 1942, his parents' sixth wedding anniversary. He was the third of 11 children for Olive Catherine Maly Ripp and her husband Martin Joseph Ripp, a successful farmer and multi-term elected Town of Middleton chairman and a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in the 1950s and 1960s.

Kendall grew-up on the family farm in rural Black Earth and was a 1961 graduate of Black Earth High School, where he was a member of the Prep Club and was senior year class treasurer. The inscription with his senior portrait in the school's yearbook said, "An agreeable guy with laughter in his eyes."

A few years after graduation, Kendall decided to dedicate his life to God and become a missionary for the people. A devout Catholic and trilingual, he worked with passion and faithfulness to the Catechumenate with Maryknoll, serving communities all over South America, namely in Brazil and then Venezuela. While there, he married Venezuelan native Eva Maria Uzcategui on July 20, 1985. They later divorced on July 20, 2016, and Eva survives him. 

On Aug. 2, 1967, Brother Simon recited his oath at a perpetual vows ceremony with a Concelebrated High Mass at the Redemptorist Fathers Residence in Ligouri, MO; and he was later bestowed a Thanksgiving Mass and ceremony at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Middleton on Aug. 6, 1967. He changed the lives of many with the path of God as a missionary, preaching from his heart and soul. 

When Kendall returned to the United States, he worked for the Orlando Sentinel for many years while establishing his own company and creating many meaningful connections with those he worked with. He enjoyed following the news and politics and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

Among those who mourn his loss are his children: Jesus, Joshua, Kendall, and Alina Ripp; and four grandchildren: Daniel, Gavin, Bella, and Abigail Ripp. Additionally, he is survived by his older brother Raphael Ripp; and his younger siblings: Joseph Ripp, Mary Kay Doerpholz, Barbara Lauersdorf, Rita Lesch, Eugene Ripp, Sharon Conohan, and Rosemarie (Rose) Halik; his in-laws, as well as many nieces and nephews and cherished friends around the world.

Kendall was preceded in death by his father (April 4, 1981), his mother (Feb. 2, 1998); an older brother James A. Ripp on Sept. 11, 2004, and his younger brother Steven G. Ripp on Aug. 9, 2017, both of Washington State. 

Funeral services for Kendall were conducted on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2021 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Orlando, FL, his hometown since the mid-1980s. 

"I will miss my brother Kendall for his love of God and the way he shared the Bible with so many over his life." said his younger sister Rita Ripp Lesch of Campbellsport. "I loved him for discovering all his interests and never letting any obstacles get in his way."

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