DeWayne R. Triplett, 92, a Green Valley resident since 1987, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the Green Valley Hospital. The body was donated to the University of Arizona College of Medicine for educational and scientific purposes.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at La Posada Madera Room, with Pastor Diane Christopher of the Valley Presbyterian Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to “The DeWayne Triplett Memorial Fund” which has been established at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105, or online at stjude.org.
DeWayne was born in 1927 in Kearney, NE, to Opal and Earl Triplett. In 1953 he married Helen Burhoop, a union which was to last over 65 years.
He was educated in the Kearney Public Schools, The University of Nebraska at Kearney, The University of Wyoming at Laramie and The University of Nebraska at Lincoln. During the course of his career he worked in the field of education in Nebraska, Michigan, and Illinois. He taught and also wrote textbooks for kindergarten through college-age students. The bulk of his career was his professorship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
In retirement, he was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church where he was active serving on various committees. He and his wife enjoyed their participation in The Roundelay Round Dance Club for years. He spent many hours volunteering at the Los Ninos Preschool, sharing his love of books with the children. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, an avid bridge player, and a lover of plants. In all, he loved spending time with friends, socializing.
Survivors include his wife, Helen; his daughters and sons-in-law, Sue Triplett (Bruno Smith) of Albuquerque, NM, and Tara Tannery (Larry Tannery) of Tijeras, NM; sisters, Lela Lammers of Kearney, NE, and Darlene Brandt of Green Valley, AZ; and sister-in-law, Darlene Triplett of Kearney, NE. He was preceded in death by his brother, Virgil Triplett of Kearney, NE.