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Personal note from Rufus's Family, Lacey
Rufus Eugene Dipprey Jr. passed on September 17th, 2019. He was born December 27, 1940 to Rufus and Imogene Dipprey in Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother; Gary Dipprey.
Rufus is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia, two daughters, Vickie Dianne Marts and Cathy Suzanne Dennis, four grandchildren, Lacey Smith, Casey Dennis, Lisa Dennis and Avry Smith, 2 nephews Devin and Ged Dipprey and 1 niece, Emilee Copeland and many friends who loved him dearly.
Rufus, known fondly as Gene, graduated from high school in Ennis, Texas in 1959. He was proud to serve in the USMC 1960-1964. Stationed in Marine Barracks, 8th and 1 St., Washington D.C. He participated in Friday Night Parades and Tuesday Sunset Parades at Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington Cemetery.
Being from a railroad family, Gene worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as brakeman/conductor. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1998 after 35 years.
Gene married the love of his life, Patricia Dipprey whom he loving referred to as Mrs. America September 4, 1970. He, Pat, and their two daughters moved around with his railroad career from East St. Louis, Illinois, Pine Bluff, Arkansas and all over Texas including Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
After retiring, Gene and Pat moved to Angel Fire, New Mexico in 1999. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends while living in the mountains for 13 years. They made many friends who became family and together created many happy memories that will continue to keep us laughing. They moved to Albuquerque in 2012 for health reasons and were joined there by many of their close friends and granddaughter, Lacey.
Gene enjoyed hunting (his favorite memories were always with his buddies in Canada and Colorado), fishing where he spent evenings during the summer teaching his grandchildren to cast lines and tie worms at Monte Verde Lake, boating at Canyon Lake and Camping. He spent many days 4-wheeling in his rebuilt Broncos with his wife and buddies. He also enjoyed playing poker where he met once a week in Red River New Mexico to play for a Charity where he often won treasures for his wife. He was also a loving and proud Foster parent for many years. Everyone who knows Gene was touched by his passion for people and life. He had a contagious giving heart full of love and joy. No one got a pass to judge a single person around him, believing that those who judge will never understand and those who understand will never judge. He believed in being a voice for those who could not find theirs and quietly served his community in ways that touched many lives.
Gene was baptized in the Church of Christ in 1949. He and Pat were baptized again together in Yokum, Texas in 1977 by an Assembly of God Pastor. He always enjoyed loving Jesus and sharing God's love.
As we remember his life we can only be grateful to have known such a wonderful man. Please share your stories with us, we would love to read them all. At his service please bring a printed version of them and a copy of pictures with him that touch your heart. We will be creating a memory book for all who loved him to view when they visit Pat in Albuquerque.