Jack Remembers: Reader glad to see kind words about VFW’s Jim Rippy

By Jack Hackley

I receive a lot of letters and e-mails, and would like to share a couple of them with you:

I look forward to reading your column in Focus on Oak Grove.
Since I’m 88 years young, I was interested in your information about the song, “My Happiness.”  I have the sheet music and played it when I was able.
I knew a Kansas City lady had written the words – so few words, but recorded by so many.
I’m glad I’ve lived in an era when beautiful music was written. Thanks for digging up this information. Keep diggin’ and we’ll keep readin’.

– Shirley Barnett, Kingsville

Some time ago, I wrote an article about Jim Rippy from Richmond.  He has a non-paying job as Service Information Officer for the Missouri VFW organization, and has helped a lot of veterans, including myself, who have problems with the VA.
It is nice to get a letter supporting my opinion of Jim.
Just wanted you to know that your column ended with “This country needs more Jim Rippys.”
You spoke of his service to his country and to his service as a VFW Information Officer.  Over the years, I have witnessed his undeniable love of country.
I was one of the real estate agents in Jim’s office and also a school teacher.  You would not believe the number of kids that Jim touched as a guest speaker on flag etiquette in classes across the county.  He personally touched both of my children teaching them both to be very proud of their flag and what it stands for.
He has donated countless funds to programs such as Patriots Pen and the Voice of Democracy and all without credit.  He does it because he believes in it.  He is an outstanding individual that I am very proud to call my friend.

– Sincerely, Rick Wrisinger
Orrick High School Principal, Retired
Re/Max of Richmond, Sales Agent Retired

Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075

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