Obituary for John E. Triplett Sr.
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John E. Triplett Sr.

January 3, 1935 ~ January 6, 2018 (age 83)

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John E. Triplett, Sr.


January 3, 1935 to January 6, 2018. Born and raised in St. Mary’s, WV. John married Rhoda W. Triplett and together they raised two children, John Jr. “Trip” and Paige.


John proudly served in the Air Force Band, enlisting in June of 1953 and serving on active duty until June of 1957. Prior to being in the Air Force Band, he was in the all-state band and orchestra out of St. Mary’s High School. He was a proud member of the St. Mary’s Alumni Band for a number of years.


He enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard in their Special Forces Group in November of 1961. He was commissioned on January 2, 1963 as a Lieutenant in the US Army. He served in both the West Virginia and Ohio Army National Guard. He ended his service with Ohio Army National Guard in 1970. While in the Ohio Army National Guard, he commanded guardsmen, restoring order in numerous riots in the cities and colleges of Ohio during those difficult times.


John was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus, Director of Community Action, a member of Total Ministry Program and the American Red Cross. While Director of Community Action, he helped establish the first Head Start program in Wood County, West Virginia.


John gladly shared his love of classical music, the tuba and fishing with his kids and grandkids. John’s grandkids were the center of his life. He proudly ran “Camp Grandpa” many summers. He loved porch time playing McDonald’s drive thru and taking them for ice cream or to McDonald’s for breakfast.


John is survived by his wife, Rhoda W. Triplett, John Jr. (Cinda) Triplett of Marietta; Paige (Allen) Ridenour of Marietta, as well as his grandchildren, Adam Triplett of Los Angeles, California, Erin Hamill of Columbus, Alex and LeeAnn Ridenour both of Marietta and his great-granddaughter, Amara of Columbus. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.


John was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Triplett Shutts and sisters, Martha, Sarah, and Rosemary.


Memorial donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #478 or the USO. Please note that the gift is a tribute for John E. Triplett, Sr. and provide your address. Donations to the local Council of Knights of Columbus may be directed to: P.O. Box #213, Marietta, Ohio 45750. Donations to the USO may be directed to: USO Headquarters, 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1200, Arlington, Virginia 22201 or online at


Cremation will be observed, with no additional services held at this time.

Charitable donations may be made to:

2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1200, Arlington VA 22201

Council of Knights of Columbus
P.O. Box #213, Marietta OH 45750

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