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Scott “Jack” Ripley 10/13/2023

Scott “Jack” Ripley, age 64, of River Falls passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 13, 2023, at the River Falls Hospital following a terminal diagnosis just two weeks ago. On June 16, 1979, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Petersen.  The couple was blessed with two sons, Jesse and Justin.

Scott began his career with 3M in Brookings, SD in 1979.  He was recognized for his creativity and ability to design and build capital equipment.  In 1995, Scott was promoted to Advanced Design Engineer and transferred to the 3M St. Paul facility.  He was instrumental  in improving and designing multiple machines which included seven US patents.  Scott was admired by his fellow co-workers for his skills and attention to detail.  Scott retired from 3M in 2020.

Scott was a family man and loved the outdoors by snowmobiling, fishing and hunting.  He is remembered by friends and family as a great mentor and his opinions were respected by all. Scott is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Ripley; sons, Jesse Ripley of River Falls, Justin (Emily) Ripley of Red Wing, MN; grandson, Auggie Ripley; siblings, Pam Dekraai of Willmar, MN, Joe (Vaughn) Ripley of Brookings, SD, Jim (Lisa) Ripley of Canton, SD; father-in-law, Gordon Petersen of Tyler, MN; and by in-laws, nieces, nephews and other cherished relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rob and Mavis Ripley; sister, Kim Thompson; mother-in-law, Delores Petersen, brother-in-law Curt Hoff and sister-in-law, Lori Ripley.  A memorial service was held Friday, October 20, 2023 at 5:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division St.) River Falls.  Visitation was also on Friday from 4-5 pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Sandra Carlson Posted October 16, 2023 12:49 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Mary and Jesse. John and I send our condolences.

  • Janelle Nelson Posted October 16, 2023 8:43 pm

    Sympathy to Mary and family! Way to young!
    Hugs Mary

  • Paul Solheim (Platte, South Dakota) Posted October 16, 2023 9:26 pm

    Dear Mary and family, I was sorry to hear about Scott. I worked at 3M from 1976 to 2017, and have known Scott since he started working there. In the early 80’s I sold Scott my 1979 Chrysler Laberron. Scott was a good man, and I am glad I knew him. God’s peace, Paul Solheim

  • Tammy and Brad Hanson Posted October 17, 2023 5:41 pm

    Dear Mary, so sorry to hear about Scott. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  • Bob Ohlsen Posted October 18, 2023 5:45 pm

    My deepest sympathies for Mary and family. I worked at 3M from 1971 to 2005. I very much enjoyed Scott’s work on the equipment, especially those big Makers when I was in that department. I really enjoyed his love of fishing. He was really one of the good guys! God bless and be with all his family members in their loss

  • Connie Eischens Posted October 20, 2023 10:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Mary and family🙏

  • Dan Kumar Posted October 21, 2023 6:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Mary and family! Way to young!
    Hugs Mary

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