On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Ryan Joshua Trippett, smitten father of two beautiful girls, passed away unexpectedly at Campbell County Memorial Hospital at the age of 33.
Ryan was a visionary, generous with his heart and talents, intelligent and wildly creative. He never met a stranger, because soon they were his friend. He enjoyed the quietness of a mountain top, the roar of the ocean, and the beauty of a sunset. He was passionate about his family and deeply loved God.
His thinking-outside-of-the-box creativity recently reached new heights where, on his days off from his job at Antelope Mine, he would often be found at his “home away from home,” Area 59 in Gillette, a center for innovation and fabrication. He was featured in the local 82717 Life Magazine, where it was said that he was “working on his third resume. Along with the two notches he already has on his belt as a welder/machinist, and conversely, a computer/IT guy, the 33-year-old Gillette transplant is now challenging himself to learn some new skills.” He thrived on teaching others how to use the complex laser cutters, 3-D printers, the CNC turning and milling machine and other equipment. There wasn’t a machine there he hadn’t learned how to use. As a result, he created many amazingly beautiful projects and the start of his own business, Designs by Ryan.
Ryan was preceded in death by his father Allen; Grandma Waunita and Grandpa Sylvester Bergstrom; Grandpa Dan Applebaker and Grandpa Rex Meinzinger.
He is survived by the love of his life, Lisa Glenn and their daughters, Leah and Zoey; parents Sonja and Joe Applebaker; sister Annika Fraley and husband Shawn; sister Tamara Applebaker; Grandma Betty Applebaker; Grandma Bonnie Meinzinger; Grandma Dena Trippett; nieces Makynzi and Cecilia; nephew Mason; aunts and uncles; many cousins; numerous other friends and family members.
The community is invited to share memories and express condolences at a Celebration of Life gathering on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Arbuckle Lodge, 1400 S. Garner Lake Road, in Gillette.