In Memory of

Ralph Rupp

April 29, 1926 - October 14, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Ralph Paul Rupp was born April 29, 1926 in Cherokee, Iowa. His parents were George and Mary (Kohns) Rupp. He attended his early school years at Maryhill School, and later at the Quimby Schools. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of the US occupation into Germany, specifically Nuremberg, Germany. He wanted it written that the day he was drafted was one of the best days of his life, as it was through his service days in Germany that he met “the love of my life”—his future wife, Herta Schaufler. They married January 31, 1953, and became parents of three children: Anna, Sharon and Brian.

Ralph was an active member in the Maryhill Church, and later became a member at Immaculate Conception. He received 3rd and 4th Degrees in the Knights of Columbus. He served as president of the Cherokee County Pork Producers for 2 years. His passion was farming, and he was active in soil conservation. He was among some of the first farmers in the area to use contour farming, as well as no-till farming. He was a 19-year colon cancer survivor and was grateful for every day. He enjoyed his coffee time with friends at The Family Table. His family knew him as someone who was fascinated with all kinds of gadgets, loved to laugh, and was ever the optimist. Ralph and Herta loved to travel, and were able to visit her homeland of Germany several times. In his travels, he was never “lost”, but was “taking the scenic route.”

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, Ralph passed away at Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa. He was 92. He was preceded in death by his wife, Herta, daughter, Sharon and granddaughter, Christa; six brothers: Norbert, Raymond, Carl, Fr. Urban, Lawrence and Sylvester; four sisters: Florence, Sr. Christina, Sr. Catherine and Monica.

Survivors include his daughter, Anna (Bruce) Schmadeke of Marcus, IA, and his son, Brian Rupp of rural Cherokee, IA; great-grandchildren, Jarren and Brenna Heitter and their father, Seth Heitter of Mt. Morris, IL; one brother, Floyd Rupp, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Tribute Video
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17th at Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee.
Father Jeff Schleisman
Deacon LeRoy Rupp
Chuck Wiemold
Nick George
Dean Rupp
Mark Lux
Al Bush
Bill Buss

All of Ralph's nieces and nephews
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home. The Knights of Columbus will lead the rosary at 4:45 p.m., and the family will be present for visitation from 5:00 until 7:00. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery
Rural Cherokee


Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:03 AM
“I'm so Sorry Brian, Anna, Bruce and family for your loss of Ralph !!....My thoughts and prayers go out to you all...May Ralph rest in peace !!...So sorry i was unable to make the visitation or the funeral. ”
- Dan Hahn
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“So sorry for the loss of Uncle Ralph. Thoughts and prayers for your family. The entire Rupp family”
- Lora Mc murrin
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“Sorry to hear of your loss, but I also know that your mom and dad are together again with other loved ones, and I hope that gives you comfort and peace. God bless all of you.”
- Tom and Corrine Lundell
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:01 PM
“Brian, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know your father's faith will always be with him and your family. I enjoyed visiting with you when I was back in Cherokee for my mother's last few weeks of life. ”
- Paul J Bush
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Heaven gained another angel. ”
- Wayne & Terri Teuber
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“Uncle Ralph, you were the eternal optimist! May you rest in peace. ”
- Joan Seamans
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to your mom and dad when I'd visit.”
- Roger Wilcox
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