Gene's Celebration of Life will be viewable below at 7:00PM on Friday, May 6, 2022:
Gene Howard Triptow, age 68, Fargo, ND, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at his home. Gene was born June 1, 1953, in Albuquerque, NM. Gene spent most of his childhood in Virginia Beach, VA where he spent many days at the beach with his brothers. His family moved to Peru, NE where he graduated from high school in 1972. After graduation, Gene spent 1 year at an electrician apprenticeship program in Denver, CO. Gene settled in Jackson, NE where he raised four children with his former wife, Debra. Gene worked as a coffee distributor and service technician for Farmer Brothers Coffee Co. in Sioux Falls, SD. While on his work route, Gene met his wife, Kelly, at McDonald’s where she worked in Storm Lake, IA. They united in marriage on July 14, 1989 and in 1992, they moved to Fargo, ND with their seven children. Gene would have celebrated 35 + years of service at Farmer Brothers Coffee Co. and planned to retire in June 2022. Gene was a father figure to his community, incredibly giving, and enjoyed working with his hands as both a woodworker and mechanic. He lived out his life as a supportive and loving husband, father, friend, brother, and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lois Cloyed. father, Earl Triptow Jr., and his brother, Michael Triptow. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Kae Triptow; his children Shannon (Samuel) Martin, Jason Triptow, Jason (Alexa) Spencer, Michael Triptow, Kelly Ann Triptow, Thaddeus (Crystal) Chance, and David Triptow; his grandchildren Amber Triptow, Lexi Triptow, Jocelyn Triptow, Pattrick Martin, Justin Triptow, Aidyn Martin, Jayden Triptow, Zoey Triptow, Ruby Spencer, Brennan Triptow, Asher Spencer, Winona Chance, Izahia Martin, Vincent Chance, and Jesse Triptow; his three brothers, Richard Triptow, Thomas (Sherry) Triptow, Roger (Star) Windsor; his father and mother-in-law, Tom and June Bonderman; his sister-in-law Stacey (Jim) Leatherwood and niece Selina (Jason) Comans, and many more nieces and nephews.

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  1. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a good neighbor, friend, father, husband, brother and grandfather. I am still shocked at this news. May God’s peace, comfort and blessings be upon the entire Triptow family during this journey.

  2. Todd and I are both saddened to hear about Gene’s passing. We were fortunate to have known and worked with Gene. He had a great sense of humor and cared for his family & friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kelly and the family.

  3. Kelly and family, so very sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. It’s very sad to hear about the untimely death of your husband. I know how very special he was to you. May God ease the pain in your heart. My prayers are with you always and if there is anything I can do for you Kelly, please let me know. I am always here for you.

  5. Our deepest condolences, Kelly! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Gene’s soul rest in peace, and may God give you tremendous strength to go through these challenging times.
    Luiza and Larry Carcoana

  6. Kelly and Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of the death of Gene. May God comfort you and bless you as you endure such of a great loss.
    Kristi Vang

  7. So very sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I visited with him and did service work at Luther Family Ford for many years. I got to retire and told Gene he would enjoy it when he retired. Prayers to his family.

  8. Kelly and family,
    My deepest condolences go out to you. I always enjoyed hearing Kelly’s stories of adoration about Gene’s humor and love for his family. I am praying that God give you a supernatural peace and comfort during this time.

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