Apr 14, 1937---May 10, 2022

Christine Ruf Crippin peacefully went to her Lord the afternoon of May 10th surrounded by her husband, Kent, and children, Jeffrey, Crissie and Todd. 

Christine was born in Kansas City, MO on April 14, 1937 to Dave G. and Rose (Maier) Ruf, the oldest of five children. 

Christine married Kent E. Crippin 65 blissful years ago at St. Marks Lutheran Church.  Christine and Kent enjoyed their 65 years raising their three children, traveling, and serving the community in many ways including church/Leawood Presbyterian, Notre Dame de Sion and Rockhurst high schools and standing with Kent when he was Leawood Mayor.  She served as President of the Notre Dame de Sion Mother’s Club, president of the University of Notre Dame Kansas City Mother’s Club, as well as various PTA organizations. 

Her leadership at Leawood Presbyterian Church was memorable as she stayed the course in working with the clergy to maintain the LPC membership.

Christine’s love of the Lord brought her counsel to many, such as LPC confirmation classes, adults, and friends with her participation in bible studies.

She knew the Lord and was able to convey the Lord’s love to those seeking the Lord’s love and understanding.  This was recognized by her family as they too followed in her footsteps communicating and spreading God’s love to their children, friends and all those who seek the Lord. 

Christine was such a beautiful person inside and out that growing up she was a queen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Posse, graduated with honors from Westport High School and served as a member of her family’s Westport Kids western band that performed throughout the US singing country western renditions of songs with her brothers and cousins. As a result she continued to enjoy her music singing and playing her guitar her entire life. She sang in many church choirs and quartets. Christine was active in the memory care unit singing her songs for the residents.

Christine enjoyed her family as they traveled to the University of Notre Dame for football weekends  watching Jeff, being with Crissie at KU and the drives to Vanderbilt to see Todd in his theatre roles. She loved the anniversary trip to Mexico with Kent and their children and grandchildren.

She thoroughly loved her role as co-chair of the Catholic Charities Snow Ball.  She was an avid golfer and chaired the ladies 9-hole group at her club.  Christine was active in the Junior League of Kansas City Kansas. Christine loved her garden as evidenced by her Lakeview Village yard.

All will miss Christine’s beautiful smile.

Christine is survived by Kent, husband and love of her life, her children Jeff (Nancy), Crissie Kerns (Mitch) and Todd (Renee), her six beautiful grandchildren Sarah, Kyle, Katie, Audrey, Scott and Claire and her siblings Dave Ruf, Carole Gurley and Margie Morris.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Rose Ruf and by her brother Robert Ruf.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Cure of Ars Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS.  A Celebration of Life will follow at 1pm at Lakeview Village Eastside Terrace 9000 Park Street, Lenexa, KS 

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to The Advent Health Kansas City Foundation in honor of Christine Crippin.


Craig and Melanie Eymann May 13, 2022

Friend of daughter Chris Kerns. ,Leawood ,Kansas

Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers all your way. Christine was a beautiful and lovely woman and will missed so much.

Gay and Tom Manning May 14, 2022

Friend ,Bonita Sorings ,Florida

Christine was beautiful inside and out . Our deepest sympathy to your family. She will be missed by all . Fondly, Gay and Tom

Syd & Stan Hite May 14, 2022

Friend of Chris Kerns ,Goodyear ,Arizona

Chris & Family We send our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers.

Stephen Brockman May 14, 2022

Cousin ,North Zulch ,Texas

May God bless Christine’s soul and her wonderful family. To my cousins Kent, Jeff, Chrissy, and Todd I pray the Lord will grant you peace.

Sharron Dake May 15, 2022

friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Christine/Crissy and Todd. It is Sharron Dake here - Agard connection. I have just read the beautiful tribute written about your dear mother. I know your hearts are heavy and your children are very sad. Please know that I am thinking of you (never actually forgot either one of you and remember the fabulous wedding of Christine and hubby). Peace be with you, Sharron

Leonard Carr May 15, 2022

Classmate ,Overland Park ,Kansas

With heartfelt sympathy for a life long friend since kindergarten. I regret that I am physically unable to attend her service. Peace to Kent and family. Leonard Carr Norman School & Westport High School

Betty J. Moffitt May 15, 2022

Friend of Chris Kerns ,Leawood ,Kansas

Chris, so sorry about your mom's passing. She is truly in the presence of the Lord. God bless her and my condolences go out to you and your family. BJ

Michael Boehm May 16, 2022

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Kent - I'm sorry to learn of Christine's passing. She will always be remembered as a true Lady with an ever present smile and as someone full of grace; her presence brought joy to everyone she met. In these difficult times, rejoice with the knowledge and comfort that she is in heaven with her Savior. Peace be with you. M

Mary Wildt May 16, 2022

Friend ,St. Louis ,Missouri

Todd and Renee, what a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with your family. She was so loved.

Jim Maier May 16, 2022

Cousin ,Stevensville ,Michigan

Christine was a wonderful person. I will miss our visits when she and Kent would come to Michigan. Her personality was infectious to everyone around her. I will miss her !

Pat Ross May 16, 2022

friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Kent and family I wish to send my sorrow for the loss of Christine. I know she was a great gal and so glad you got to spend so many years together as Bill and I did. He would also be sending blessings to you Kent. Just want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family. Blessings to all. Pat Ross

Elizabeth Nelson May 16, 2022

Friend & Co-worker of Todd ,Minneapolis ,Minnesota

My deepest condolences to you and all who love her and will miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Elizabeth Nelson & family

JB Hinz & Donna DeBrabander May 17, 2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. Mothers are the glue to the family and sounds like yours was a special lady. God bless ❤️

Ken and Beth Nichold May 17, 2022

Friend of Mitch and Chris ,Leawood ,Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Pray you find comfort knowing she is at peace. Ken and Beth

Laura Foley May 19, 2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Dearest Crippins, I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful person you have lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you..

Tom Cooley May 20, 2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Dear Kent, I was saddened to hear of Christine's passing. I have some fond memories of Christine as a lovely, warm and genuine hostess @ a Christmas party for the Planning Department staff @ your house in 1964. She made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. I will not be able to attend the services today because of health reasons but my thoughts, prayers and condolences go to you and you family. Tom Cooley

Michael J. Nolte May 25, 2022

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Kent: From our connections thru Sion and of course our beloved Snow Ball, you and Christine have always been so kind to Barbie and me. Christine is the personification of “elegance” and no one could wear feathers better! Being a “style guy” I was always her fan! Please know how sorry we are to learn of her passing. What a beautifully composed obituary and anyone reading it surely felt they “knew.” The lucky ones were those of us who not only knew her, but received her hugs. I hope you feel one from the Nolte Family today. Your friend, Michael Nolte

Kay (Nies) Wessel Jun 11, 2022

Friend ,Tucson ,Arizona

We were sorry to hear from Mary Lynn Holbrook about Christine's passing, Kent. She was an all around delightful person who did so much for any group. She gave her all! Kay


Funeral Mass
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
9405 Mission Road
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May 20, 2022
11:00 AM
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Celebration of Life
Lakeview Village Eastside Terrace
9000 Park Street
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May 20, 2022
1:00 PM
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