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Robert Ruppert

Robert L. Ruppert, 91, of rural Tiffin, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City under the compassionate care of the Hospice Unit.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 31, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City, with burial following at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at the church. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to Zion Lutheran Church, World Hunger Fund or to Iowa City Hospice. To share a memory, thought or condolence with Robert’s family, go to the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
Robert L. Ruppert was born March 19, 1925, in the north part of Iowa City, the son of Charles “Dodd” W. Ruppert and Katherine M. Dohrer Ruppert. Robert grew up on the north end of Iowa City, and was a lifetime member of Zion Lutheran Church. He was active in Extension Service.
On June 17, 1950, he married Maxine Warson. He was a loving husband, and they celebrated their 66th anniversary this year. As a couple, they purchased a farm north of Tiffin, where they farmed and raised a family of five. He had a passionate and generous devotion to his family. Precious memories included yearly summer vacations going out west to the mountains. He enjoyed games, including run-around ping-pong, croquet and bid Euchre. His blue eyes sparkled when he told a good joke.
He was a tinkerer, repairing his own equipment, and later creating metal sculptures. He also wrote poetry and hymns.
Robert appreciated God’s creation, and enjoyed walks in the timber, finding mushrooms, picking berries and going fishing or hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; children, Becky (Dennis) Conrad, of Reno, Nev., Pat (Gary) Kleinmeyer of Lone Tree, Bill (Karen) Ruppert, and Linda (Ron) Alberts, both of Tiffin, and Paul (Irina Kostina) Ruppert of Iowa City; grandchildren, Amy (Mike) Ponce, Casey Conrad, Katie (Brian) Stoklasa, Leanne (Derrick) Klinkenberg, Ivan Kleinmeyer, Rose Woods, Jennifer and Caroline Ruppert, Zach, Rachel and Sarah Alberts, Alex Ruppert, and Marina Kostina; great-grandchildren William, Connor, and Eli Klinkenberg, Skylar Stoklasa, Nakia and Tristin Tangang, Kaliana Woods; and a sister, Katherine Hogan.
Robert was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles, Cleldon, Herman, Dick, Ralph and Rosamond (twins), and Albert, Robert’s twin brother.
Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Robert’s family and his services