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Jurian W Van Riper

January 17, 1936 ~ September 14, 2017 (age 81)

With heavy hearts, the family of Jurian Ward Van Riper Jr. announces the passing of their beloved father and grandfather who died on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the age of 81.

Born on January 17, 1936, in Passaic, New Jersey, Jerry was the first child of the late Jurian Ward and Hope Richardson Van Riper. He was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and served in the respected Silent Drill Platoon, which took him all the way to Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. During his service, he also had the honor of guarding President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Camp David. Jerry was a jack of all trades, piloting his own airplane, starting a software business with his sons, and acting as a reader for the Christian Science Church.

He loved sailing, skiing, reading, uncovering family history, and listening to Broadway showtunes, but mostly he enjoyed spending time with his family, whether from the sidelines of a soccer match or gathered around the dinner table. A thoughtful, contemplative man, he molded the lives of his children and grandchildren with his example of quiet strength and unconditional love.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Greta McCrackin, with whom he shared 47 years of life and love. He is survived by three children, Gretchen and her husband Brent Huff of Suwanee, Georgia; Kip and his wife DeAnne of Rome, Georgia; and David and his wife DeDe of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Barbara and her husband Patrick Burns of Brooklyn, New York.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jake Puryear Detachment #1020, Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 2065, Rome, Georgia 30164.  Semper fidelis.

Miller and Richards Oaknoll Chapel Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to serve Mr. Van Riper’s family, please visit to share your memories or leave a condolence message.

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