Till Death Do Us Part: 100-Year-Old World War II Veteran and His Wife of 75 Years Perish in California Wildfire

by Melissa Castellanos Published Oct 11, 2017

As the California wildfires rage on, they continue to claim lives in their fiery fury. Tragically, the latest victims include a 100-year-old World War II veteran and his 98-year-old wife of 75 years. Charles (who went by the moniker “Peach”) and Sara Rippey, whose beautiful love story was recently featured in the Napa Valley Register, died when an out-of-control fire engulfed their Napa Valley, Calif. home on Sunday.

“The only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other,” said the couple’s granddaughter, Ruby Gibney. According to the couple’s son, Chuck Rippey, while his father needed a walker, he somehow managed to almost make it to Sara’s side. Rippey reportedly found his parents’ bodies close together in the ashes of their home.

The couple’s caregiver was unable to get to them in time as the house quickly became an inferno. The roof caved in, the windows started to explode and there was smoke and heat everywhere. Sadly, the couple leaves behind five children, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


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