Ruppert Douglas Leo Ruppert, 57, surrounded by his loving family, passed away at home July 26, 2003 after a 1-year courageous battle with a malignant brain tumor. Doug was born and raised in Currie, MN and after graduating from Mankato Commercial College and moving to Bloomington, worked for Thermo King for a few years. He then found his niche in life in the field of carpentry and went on to operate his own commercial remodeling construction company. He took great pride in his work and was always amazed at the finished product. Doug enjoyed playing tennis, Saturday breakfasts with old friends and spending time at home with his wife and daughter. He will be remembered for his even-tempered approach to life, his thoughtfulness to others, and as a kind and gentle man who was devoted to Steph and Jenny. Doug was admired by others for his positive attitude throughout life. His father, Harold; his grandparents; and his mother- in-law, Dora Makedonsky, preceded Doug in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Steph; his daughter, Jenny; his mother, Marcella; brothers, Gary (Jackie), Dan (Sherry); sisters, Diane Ruppert, Mary Ullery (Charles), Carol Ford (Pat), Kathy Logero (Jesse). Louise Shand (John), Ceil Mickelson (Gary), and Jan Mara (Steve); sisters-in-law, Mary Hanson, Margaret Hogan, Virginia Peterson (Darrell), Donna Flesberg (Harvey), Rosie Kropf (Duane); many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends were moved by his ability to keep his sense of humor and determination through all he endured during his 1-year illness. Heartfelt thanks to the 10th Ave neighbors and NWA Employee Travel for the dinners provided during Doug's illness, to family and friends for their special love and care given during this past year, and to NWA employees for the basket raffle donation. A special thank-you to Shirley Kern, R.N., for her unending support during Doug's care at Fairview University. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Fairview University Hospice Program.. Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, July 29th at 12 Noon with visitation from 10 am-12 noon at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 901 E. 90th St., Bloomington. Werness Brothers 952-884-8145

Published on July 27, 2003

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