Donald Albert Ripke, 77, Vero Beach

Donald Albert Ripke, 77, died Jan. 25, 2010, at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach.

He was born March 19, 1932 in Baltimore and moved to Vero Beach in 2001, coming from Chapel Hill, N.C. Before retirement, he was an advertising executive for J. Walter Thompson in New York City.

He received a bachelor’s degree from John Hopkins University and a master’s degree in creative writing from Towson University.

Survivors include his daughter, Ellen Smith of Baltimore.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Vero Beach, 6230 77th St., Vero Beach, FL 32961.

No local services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are by Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach. A guest book may be signed at

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