In Memoriam
Lee F. Ribet

DURHAM — Mr. Lee F. Ribet, 85, a resident of Durham, died Saturday at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Durham.

Mr. Ribet was born in Valdese, NC, son of the late John A. Ribet and the late Margaret Wheeler Ribet. He moved to Durham as a child when his father began working as a stone mason, building Duke University and Chapel. His father laid the final stone, completing work on the Chapel.

Mr. Ribet began his love for scouting when he joined the Boy Scouts in 1939. At age 25 he became acting Scout Master for Troop 240 at Calvary United Methodist Church. He coninued with Troop 240 until 1968 when he became Explorer Advisor. Since that time he has been active within the District and in 1965 he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, Scouting’s highest honor. Mr. Ribet served in the United States Navy during World War II. He returned to Durham following the war to finish high school and go on to NC State University. He returned to Durham and became an Engineer with the City of Durham where he worked until retirement.

Mr. Ribet was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church for 60 years where he served in many lay ministries of the church. He was a member of Le Phare Des Alpes, an organization honoring the Waldesian Pioneers who settled in Valdese, NC and other areas throughout the United States. Mr. Ribet was a member of the Durham Twirlers Square Dance Club, the NC Society of Engineers, the Durham Engineers Club and the Durham Civitan Club.

Surviving is his wife of 43 years, Sue Madden Snipes Ribet; two step-children, Cindy Snipes of Oxford and Ronnie Snipes of New Bern; and two grandchildren, Tracy Snipes of North Wilkesboro and Jennifer Boring of Orange, Conn.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church by the Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman. The family will receive friends at Clements Funeral Home in Durham Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will also receive friends at Calvary United Methodist Church following the service.

The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at

Originally published in the The Herald-Sun - Trusted & Essential

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