RUPPS, Richard

Posted: May 13th, 2020


RICHARD RUPPS, beloved husband of Else of Lethbridge, passed away at home on May 10, 2020 at the age 86.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Gary (Marion) Rupps and his daughter, Karen (Robert) Hildebrandt; eight grandchildren: Tracy (Ryan) Feuffel, Roxanne Rupps, Matthew (Kerri) Hildebrandt, Casey (Kim) Rupps, Shawn Rupps, Courtney Rupps, David (Janelle) Hildebrandt, and Caylee Leavitt; and eight great-grandchildren: Cael, Noah, and Ella Feuffel; Olivia, Emily, and Brooklyn Rupps; and Rebecca and Jenna Hildebrandt.

He is also survived by his brother, Victor Rupps and cousins, Alfred Rupps and Fred Krauter, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Ronald Rupps, his parents, Christian and Anna Rupps (Ackermann) and two brothers, Erich Rupps and Willy Rupps.

Richard was born December 23, 1933 in Rosenfeld, Ukraine. In 1944 he and along with his mother and two of the three brothers fled to Germany. In 1951 they immigrated to southern Alberta where they worked on sugar beet farms for several years to pay off their passage to Canada. Richard met Else in 1952 and they were married November 6, 1954. They were inseparable for 65 years. They were blessed with three children to complete their family.

Richard was an active member at Christ Trinity Lutheran Church for many years and in many different ways including serving on Church Council, Church repair and maintenance, and Communion Assistant. He worked at United Feeds from 1967 to 1994. After Richard’s retirement he was kept busy with his grandchildren, camping, fishing, gardening, feeding the birds, making quilts for missions, and his famous wine making skills that all family members enjoyed. He loved listening to music and reading. He was handy and good at making gadgets to make things easier. He never wasted anything if he could help it. He fixed whatever he could and if it was unfixable, he smashed it. Family was very important to Richard and those that knew him said he was a good man and loved by all.

A Public Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M. Due to current restrictions, entry will be limited to 15 people at any given time.

Due to the current pandemic, a Private Family Service will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:00am. The Service will be livestreamed, and it can be viewed on our website under Richard’s obituary.

Richard will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery.

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