Obituary for Thomas Krippendorf
Thomas Matthew Krippendorf, 57, of Salem, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 following a long struggle with cancer.
In death he follows his parents, Jean Lucas Krippendorf and Carl Frederick Krippendorf. He is survived by his older brother Rick, his wife Mary and son Blake; older sisters, Marsha Southee, her husband Earl and daughter Haley; Mary Keene and her husband Greg; younger sister Molly May and her son Riley; and younger brother John, who provided the care, strength and support to help Matt through the most difficult times during his long illness. He is also survived by his stepmother, Evelyn Krippendorf; two beloved aunts, Linda Smither and Sandra Curd, and two cousins, Berkley Roberts and Marla Allara, whom he loved like siblings.
Matt overcame many life-long health issues to become a self-made success. Both brilliant and creative, he could have chosen anything in life he wanted to be. When he decided to become a pharmacist, he worked hard bussing tables and working as a security guard at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond. He also delivered furniture on weeknights to earn his way through medical school at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, where he remained on the dean's list. After earning his degree, Matt became a highly regarded pharmacist for several drugstore chains until illness cut his career short.
In the years that followed, Matt pursued his love of gardening and often volunteered at The Pantry. Matt never knew a stranger.
Matt was a truly generous soul who took to heart the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before me, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." He lived modestly but gave freely, and with his help the impossible dreams of friends and loved ones often came true.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Salem Baptist Church. The Rev. Everett Kier will officiate. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting www.johnmoakey.com.