Retired Turtle Top President Richard ‘Dick’ Cripe, 88, Passes

Richard ‘Dick’ Daniel Cripe

GOSHEN, Ind. – Richard “Dick” Daniel Cripe, 88, of Syracuse, Ind., formerly of Goshen, passed away on March 10, 2023, at Hubbard Hill Healthcare, according to his obituary.

Richard was the president of Turtle Top, a family-owned business now in its fifth generation of family management. Turtle Top manufactures small- to mid-sized buses built on Chevrolet, Ford, and Freightliner chassis.

He was born in Goshen, on Sept. 30, 1934, to Forrest and Martha Augsberger Cripe.

At Goshen High School, Richard enjoyed playing basketball. After graduation from Bluffton University, he served in the Army in Germany until returning home to marry Carolyn Cobb on Easter Sunday in 1959, and they lived in Goshen while they raised their two children, Douglas and Jeannine. He was a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church, was a board member of Oaklawn and served with numerous community organizations.

His love of sports continued for many years as he played golf, enjoying many outings with friends and family.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Cripe; his parents and twin great grandsons.

Richard is survived by two children, Douglas Cripe, of Elkhart; and Jeannine (Phillip) Tom, of Middlebury; four grandchildren: Shane (Kerry) Tom, of Elkhart; Jonathan Cripe, of Washington, D.C.; Cassie (Jonathan) Clevenger, of Tampa, Fla.; and Rebekah (Brian) O’Donnel, of O’Fallon, Ill.; one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Clevenger; and a brother, Robert (Betty) Cripe, of Goshen.

Services by Rev. Brenda Sawatzky Paetkau are set at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 14 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, with visitation one hour preceding the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eighth Street Mennonite Church or Oaklawn.