Clare Triplett, 77, of Sutherland, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the Sutherland Care Center. Funeral services will be held today, Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the United Methodist Church in Sutherland. Rev. Jud Stover will officiate the 1:30 p.m. service.
Burial will be in Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland, with military services conducted by American Legion Post No. 152 of Sutherland.
Casket bearers will include Marvin Sump, Chuck Branstetter, Bill Engelke, Ken Syndergaard, Tom Triplett and Richard "Curly" Morris.
Clare Edward Triplett, the son of Edward and Marion (McCroskey) Triplett, was born July 2, 1930, in Sutherland. Mr. Triplett, also known as "Pee Wee," graduated from Sutherland High School, played semi-professional football while attending Buena Vista College, and served as a Marine during the Korean War.
In 1954, he married Mary Lyman. The couple raised four children.
After living in Arizona and California, Mr. Triplett retired in Spirit Lake and settled in his hometown of Sutherland. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion.
Mr. Triplett was preceded in death by second wife, Betty; his great-granddaughter, Desiree; his brother, Burdette McCroskey; a sister, Darlene Cady; and his parents.
He is survived by his daughters: Marian and Mark Goble of Martinez, Calif., Tamara and Michael Bender of Richmond Hill, Ga., Lisa and Douglas Hopkins of Ida Grove; one son, Clare Triplett Jr. of Harris; sisters: Maxine Hall of Sioux Falls, Phyllis Sweeney of Hartley, and Esther Peterson of Louisiana; one brother, Merle Triplett of Tucson, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.