Doris L. Cripe, 84 of Eau Claire met her heavenly father on Friday, March 30, 2018. Hand in hand they entered heaven to join all who passed before her. She was finally reunited with her beloved son Tom who she waited so many years to see again.

Doris was born on August 27, 1933 to Theodore and Journ (Engevold) Nelson in Osseo, Wisconsin. In her younger years she loved riding horse, going to the movies and collecting signatures from movie stars. She was very proud of all autographed pictures she collected. She graduated High School in 1951.
Doris met her future husband, Dave Cripe, while working at a root beer stand in Whitehall, Wisconsin. They married on November 27, 1953 in Pasadena California. She retired in 1995 from Presto Industries and later volunteered at Bethesda Thrift shop. Summers were spent canning vegetables and making her famous dill pickles. No family gathering was ever complete without her popular baked beans. Doris was also an avid fan of Days of Our Lives throughout her entire life.

Doris is survived by her daughters, Peggy (Don) Olsen of Eau Claire, Kathy (Steve) Stewart of Chippewa Falls, Diane (Woody) Swiontek of Cushing, WI, and Tressa (Charlie) Loew of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Angie, Sean, Tricia, Cory, Benjamin, Samantha, Theodore, Bradley, and Parker; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Nelson of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, husband, David Cripe; son, Tom Cripe; twin brother, Don Nelson; brother, Harlan Nelson; and sisters, Joyce Gilbert and Jan Jepperson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 am at Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Sullivan officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow the service at Rest Haven Cemetery. Friends and family may leave online condolences at


  1. My deepest sympathies to Doris’ family. She was a vibrant part of our Monthly “Presto Old Timers” luncheons. She always talked so lovingly and proudly of her family. We will miss her.

  2. So very sorry for the loss of you mother and grandmother thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  3. We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Doris. We will miss her smiling face, and gentle manner, especially at the after Church coffee. Will also, miss all the Guideposts, Readers Digests, and other magazines she brought to Church for me. I will never forget this past Christmas when she brought the December issue of Guideposts, she said she read it quick so I could read it during Christmas. The last Sunday we seen her at Church, she had to show me a story about a dog in one of the magazines. We will always remember seeing Doris down at Festival Foods, after Church doing her shopping. She was proud of her family, and was so proud of her Grandson Theodore, who is a member of the “Special Angels” choir. She is now looking through that “window of Heaven” smiling and guiding her family and friends, enjoying the Lord and her Heavenly Home. We will miss you Doris, and will always remember you and the Guidepost magazines.

  4. We are so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. We will miss her and are greatfull to have had
    her as our sister-in-law for so many years. Also sorry that we are not able to come to the funeral.
    The weather just did not cooperate with us. Thinking of all of you today. God Bless.
    Uncle Jim, Aunt Carol, Uncle Bill

  5. To the family of Doris,

    I am truly so sorry for your loss. Doris was a wonderful lady. She and my Mom (Darlene) were quite good friends, and I know this is really hard for her. Prayers are being said for her…God Bless You Doris…

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