Wayne Rupiper, 90, of Roselle, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, Iowa.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle. The celebrant will be Father Steve Brodersen. Music will be by Joan Schettler and the Holy Angels choir. Mass servers will be Lauren Gehling and Aubrey Behrens. Lectors will be Gina Graw, Angie Macke and Lauren Rupiper. Gift bearers will be Gina Graw, Bailey Rupiper and Lauren Rupiper. Eucharistic ministers will be Charlene Rupiper and Kathy Rupiper. Casket bearers will Jacob Schultes, Nic Rupiper, Mitch Rupiper, Chase Rupiper, Miles Rupiper, Jack Gottschalk and Taylor Rupiper. Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery in Roselle.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll with a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation at the church will be from 9 until 10 a.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family which will be forwarded to charitable organizations.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the Rupiper family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Wayne was born on June 17, 1931, on his parents’ farm west of Roselle. A son of Louis and Carrie (Hugeback) Rupiper, he grew up in Roselle and attended Holy Angels School. On June 18, 1953, he married Alice Ocken at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton, Iowa. Wayne and Alice enjoyed 68 years of marriage together and were blessed with 12 children.
Wayne helped on the family farm as a child, which eventually led him to being self-employed in the sheep-shearing and wool-buying business. As a livestock buyer, he looked forward to seeing his many friends as he traveled to livestock auctions across the state.
Wayne was an active member of Holy Angels Parish in Roselle for many years. He served on the Roselle Mutual Insurance board for over 40 years. Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball, umpiring, bowling, ballroom dancing and traveling with Alice and their friends. He enjoyed making new friends along the way as he guessed their age with his special business card. Wayne loved following sports, especially cheering on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid fan of the Kuemper Knights. Anyone who knew Wayne knew that he was so proud of his family.
Wayne is survived by his children: Sherry (Steve) Wittrock of Omaha, Nebraska; Barb (Denny) Schultes of Dedham, Iowa; Randy (Kathy) Rupiper of Ankeny, Iowa; Keith (Roxane) Rupiper of Roselle, Iowa; Michelle (Brian) Tigges of Johnston, Iowa; Dave (Carol) Rupiper of Johnston; Doug (Pam) Rupiper of Carroll, Iowa; Kent (Tami) Rupiper of Ankeny; Mark (Kim) Rupiper of Phoenix, Arizona; Rhonda (Rich) Gottschalk of Omaha, Nebraska; and Scott (Mickie) Rupiper of West Des Moines, Iowa; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren with one due in December; four step-great-grandchildren; his brother LeRoy and sister-in-law Pat Rupiper; in-laws: Janice (Harlan) Wolterman of Bellevue, Nebraska; Robert (Lynn) Ocken of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Keith (Diane) Irlbeck of Northfield, Minnesota; and Nancy Ocken of DeWitt, Iowa; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Alice; parents: Louis and Carrie Rupiper; daughter in infancy: Mary Frances; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Lawrence and Mary Ocken; in-laws Joleen Irlbeck, Leonette Irlbeck, Ron Ocken, Merle Ocken, Larry Ocken, Lavonne Ocken, Leo Schoeppner and Vernon Irlbeck; and great-grandsons Carter and Franklin Schultes.