Melanie Ripley

August 21, 1940 - December 7, 2016
Allegan, MI



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Great Lakes Caring Hospice
6120 Stadium Drive Suite 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 372-8555
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Life Story / Obituary


Melanie K. Ripley, age 76, of Allegan passed away on December 7, 2016 at her home. She was born on August 21, 1940 to Russell & Edna (Briggs) Lewis. Following her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration is being planned for the spring. Melanie’s family includes her husband of 27 years, Dave; her children: Cindy (Keith) Middlebush, Melinda (Jeff) King, Jesse (Brenda) Riva; her brothers: Alpha Lewis and Bill Lewis; her mother-in-law Gladys Ripley and many grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers: Johnny Lewis and Gladeon Lewis. Melanie was a nurses aid at the Allegan County Medical Care Facility. She loved deer hunting, fishing and her dogs. Please visit Melanie’s memory page at Memorial donations can be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice. The family would like to give a special thanks to nurse Kathy VanWagner for her exceptional care.