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Richard J. (Rick) Ruppel

Posted 2017-11-12 by Judy Wight Branson
The Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona
Sunday, November 12, 2017, page 6a

Richard J. “Rick” Ruppel, 70, a resident of Chino Valley, Ariz.,
passed away peacefully at Marley House in Prescott, Ariz., on Oct.
28, 2017, of lung cancer.

He was born in Duluth, Minn., Aug. 16, 1947, the youngest of five
siblings. Preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Delia
Ruppel, brother Ray and sisters; Sonnie Haight and Sandra Karns.

He is survived by his loving daughters; Danise Leveille, of Gilbert,
Ariz. and Sarah Feldhaus (David) of Santa Barbara, Calif. and
sister, Carleen Lowrey, of Prescott Valley, Ariz. Also surviving are
his much loved four grandkids. He loved target shooting, with his
oldest grandson, Sam. His youngest, Shelby, loved painting rocks she
found on his property. That’s how Rick came to be called Grandpa
Rock. His middle granddaughters are Maddie and Sydney. Sydney
thought that he was unique and had the coolest things around the
house and property. Rick was amazed at her jumping off the end of
the pier during her junior life saving lessons in the ocean. Maddie
also liked to target shoot. Rick bought her a special BB gun, pink
and camo, with her name printed on it. He is also survived by many
loving nieces and nephews and his friend and neighbor, Darrel
Fidler.

Rick served in the United States Army, in the 1960’s, in Viet Nam.
After returning home, he was employed by the Los Angeles School
District as Maintenance Foreman, for 35 years, before retiring to
Chino Valley.

He enjoyed taking care of his home, shop and property. He always had
a project on going and doing work on his tractor. He always enjoyed
riding off road motorcycles and quads and loved the company of his
companions, dogs; Lucy, Stoney and Molly. We all will miss him
greatly.

Memorial services are pending. We thank Hospice Family Care and
Marley House for exceptional care.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home of Chino Valley,
Ariz.

Information provided by survivors.




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