Western student passes away unexpectedly

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Christopher Nathaniel “Nate” Cripps, 19, passed away the morning of Sept. 24.

According to Capt. Jonathan Beaver of the St. Joseph Police Department, around 6:00 a.m. several St. Joseph police officers met university police at the 4900 block of Mitchell Ave.

Upon arriving at the scene, police discovered the deceased, Cripps, in his vehicle.

The cause and relationship of death has yet to be released and remains under investigation.

A freshman at Missouri Western, Cripps majored in Conservation and Wildlife Management.

According to the obituary from Rupp Funeral Home, Cripps “loved everything outdoors, hunting and especially was an avid fisherman.”

Cripps was from Pleasant Hill, Mo., where he graduated highschool last spring.

He  was a member of the Varsity football team, as well as basketball, wrestling and baseball.

Cripps, is survived by his father, Donald W. Cripps and his mother, Abby Renee Mainprize and Ron Farrell, and also his five siblings.

Vice President of Student Affairs Shana Meyer spoke on behalf of Western, offering her condolences to the Cripps family and friends.

“I am saddened by the loss of one of our students,” Meyer said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Nate’s family & friends during this difficult time.  Members of the MWSU counseling center are available to any faculty, staff, or students who may want to process their feelings or who simply need to talk.”

Cripps, who lived in Scanlon Hall, left an impact on the residents of Scanoln Hall.

For students, staff or faculty that would like to talk to a couselor, the Couseling Center is located in Eder 203.

It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The phone number (816) 271-4327.

Cripps will be cremated under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home and there will be a memorial srevice held in his hometown, Pleasant Hill, Mo., at a later date.

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