John R. "Dick" Ruppert, 74, of Slater, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Slater United Methodist Church. Rev. Jerry Geisert and Rev. Robert Ruppert will officiate. Organist Bethany Weiker will accompany the congregation in singing "How Great Thou Art" and "There's Something About That Name." Pallbearers will be Dick Cook, Wilmer Cook, Timothy Ruppert, Christian Donnelly, Michael Donnelly and Mike Reyna. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial with military rites will be in Rehoboth Cemetery in Slater. Memorials are suggested to the church in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Sept. 24, 1930, in Vienna, Ill., he was the son of the late Clayton R. and Myra McKenzie Ruppert. He was a member of Slater United Methodist Church and its United Methodist men's organization. He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of the Korean conflict and a member of American Legion Post No. 78 in Slater. He was a Shriner and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Fort Scott, Kan. He was a retired brakeman and conductor with the Frisco Railroad.
Survivors include three brothers, James R. Ruppert of Warrensburg, Rev. Robert Ruppert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ralph Wayne Ruppert of Kansas City; and one sister, Frances J. Ruppert Donnelly of Grandview.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother in infancy.