Gerald J. Ruppel, 83, a man who always put his family first and was there to help in any situation, passed away at his home in Sheboygan on Tuesday morning, April 10, 2012 following a brief illness.
Jerry was born on November 3, 1928 in Sheboygan a son of the late David and Norma (Steffen) Ruppel. Growing up in Sheboygan he attended Washington Elementary and graduated from North High School. During the Korean Conflict he was stationed with the U.S. Army in Alaska. Following his discharge from the army he married his high school sweetheart, Dolores "Moshy" Moschko, on August 8, 1953. For 42 years he was employed with the Vollrath Company retiring in 1990. In his retirement years he enjoyed time spent outdoors especially at his cottage in Shawano. He also enjoyed tinkering in his garage, puzzles, reading and time in the "John Wayne Room". As a sports fan he enjoyed the Packers and Brewers and could always be found at a Sheboygan A’s game. Jerry always enjoyed celebrating holidays, whether it was picnicking in Evergreen Park on Memorial Day and Labor Day with his family and lifetime friends or decorating the house for the occasion. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and one liners.
Jerry was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he served as an usher, on the building and grounds committee and with the XYZ club. He was also a member of the Old Timers Baseball Club, the Vollrath Retirement Breakfast Club and Vollrath Quarter Century Club.
Jerry is survived by a family to which he was deeply devoted and dearly loved; his wife, Dolores "Moshy"; his four daughters, Wendy (Doug) Born of Sheboygan, Lynn (David) Klosterman of Mukwonago; Marie (Glenn) Seger of Sheboygan and Eileen (Gary) Diener also of Sheboygan; his nine grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Johnson, DJ Born, Eric and Alex Klosterman, Mychal, Shawn and Matthew Seger and Thomas and Andrew Diener and his great grandson, Rhys Johnson. He is further survived by a brother, Warren (Fran) Ruppel of Sarasota, FL, along with other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jan Niemann Willadson.
A funeral service for Jerry will be held 11 a.m., Friday, April 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Alan Kretschmar officiating. Entombment will take place in Gardens of Peace Mausoleum with military accorded by VFW Post 9156. Family and friends may gather at the church, 1818 N. 13th St. on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.
In preference to flowers a memorial fund has been established in Jerry’s name.
The Novak-Ramm-Ziegler Funeral Home is serving the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.novakrammziegler.com
"Dad, we could always count on you. We love you and miss you. Your four darling daughters.
Services Rendered by: Reinbold Novak Funeral Home