James F. Ruppel, age 84, died peacefully September 25, 2020 in Niagara Hospice surrounded by his family and following a brief illness.
He was born February 3,1936 in Lockport and was a life-long resident of this area. Jim was a United States Veteran of the Korean War, and worked on the family farm prior to becoming a Steel Worker at Simonds Saw and Steel. He ultimately retired from the Town of Royalton. Jim was a 30+ year member of the Gasport Chemical Hose Company, was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed many things including: camping, traveling, gambling, all kinds of music and classic cars. He was also a devoted Notre Dame fan. Above all, Jim was a family man and his grandchildren were everything to him. Mr. Ruppel was predeceased by his wife of 64 years Betty, his sons: Jeffrey Lynn Ruppel, Daniel James Ruppel and all his siblings.
He is survived by his daughters: Susan (Ted) Cloy, JoAnne (Matt) Ruppel-Frawley, grandchildren: Erin Marie Ruppel, Lynnell (Eric) Schreiber, Stephanie (Cody) Mangalsingh, Daniel (Lauren) Ruppel II, Jonathan Ruppel, Donald (Haylee) Cloy II, Vandra Ruppel, his great grandchildren: Lacey and Connor Schreiber, Cecilia Urena, Grant and Arianna Mangalsingh, Aubrey and Paytinn Cloy, Zoey and Carter Ruppel, his brother-in-law: Clayton "Butch" Wakefield, several nieces and nephews as well as close friends: Mike and Mary Farina and Lou and Donna Reale.
The family will receive friends at the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main Street-Gasport, WEDNESDAY from 4-7 pm. Family and friends are invited to attend Jim’s Mass of Christian Burial THURSDAY 11 am in St. Stephen’s Church, 19 Vernon St., Middleport. Interment will follow with Military Honors in Cold Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY, 14094.
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