Eugene “Gene” Ruppert, 81, of Bowman, ND passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Southwest Healthcare Long Term Care in Bowman. Funeral Services for Gene will be Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church. Father David Morman will officiate with burial to follow in Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Rosary and Scripture Service on Friday, March 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Krebsbach/Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel, Bowman.Gene was born April 20, 1930 at Bowman, ND, the son of Emmett “Pat” and Mary (Musil) Ruppert. He was raised on the Ruppert family farm south of Bowman where he started his love for horses, livestock and the outdoors. Gene graduated from Bowman High School in 1948 and then went on to college at NDSU getting his degree in Animal Husbandry. He then went into the army and was stationed in Japan.
Gene returned home and on September 22, 1955 married Marlene Anderson in Bowman. They made their home on the ranch where they raised two children, Scott and Marilyn. They farmed and ranched south of Bowman where they raised Charolais cattle, and later commercial heifers. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, cards, horses, and teasing his grandkids. He passed these things on to his kids and grandkids.
Gene was a member of the American Legion, North Dakota Charolais Association, School Board, Fair Board, Farmers Union, St. Charles Church, and a Youth Hunting instructor. He enjoyed traveling, with one trip being to Alaska pulling the camper, and winters in Donna, Texas, where he had many good friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. His smile and sense of humor and love will be missed deeply by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Marlene; his parents; two sisters, Kathleen and Janice; one grandson; and his brother-in-law, Bruce. Gene is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Scott and Denise Ruppert, Bowman; daughter and son-in-law: Marilyn and Jeff Noreen, Bowman; five grandchildren: Jessica and Adam Grinsteinner, St. Paul, MN; Brock Ruppert, Dickinson, ND; Megan Ruppert, Fargo, ND; Lindsey Noreen, Saratoga, WY; and Reed Noreen, Bismarck, ND; one sister: JoAnn McConnell, Kent, WA; his special friend: Arlone Sallee, Bowman; three sisters-in-law: Marva, Carol (Jim), and Jackie; and two great-grandchildren: Emme and Piper.
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