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Ken Ruppel

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December 31, 1941 - January 19, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Kenneth Wayne Ruppel, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend on Friday, January 19, 2024. 

He will be missed by his wife, Pat, his children, David (Sonia), Kristine and Jeff (Allison), his grandchildren, Violet/Jordan, Emily, Molly and Cory and his many friends and relatives.

Ken was born and raised in Winnipeg and grew up in the West Kildonan area.  He was predeceased by his parents, Molly and John, and his brother Johnny.  

In 1963 he married the love of his life, his wife Pat, and after their three children were born they moved to St. Vital where Ken befriended many neighbours and made a lot of friends.  He had great memories of coming home after work to find a group of neighbours gathered and relaxing in his backyard.  

Ken liked being with people and some of his favourite places were Thursday Date Night with Pat at Smitty’s, going to the Casino for dinner and games, Playmakers at Canad Inn, the Brier to meet old high school buddies and morning coffee with the guys at McDonalds.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.


After a career in sales Ken retired in 2012, but after spending some time at home he applied to the Louis Riel School Division for a school bus driver position.  This turned out to be his favourite of all jobs and he drove bus for approximately 8 years.

Ken was not much of a vacation person but after retiring and a lot of “convincing” from Pat, he agreed to go on a cruise, with their neighbours, to the Panama Canal.   Turned out he loved cruising and a few years later he and Pat went on another cruise to the Eastern Caribbean Islands.  They also took a couple of driving trips to Arizona and California.  

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at CancerCare Manitoba and the medical staff at Riverview Health Centre, Unit 3E, for the care and compassion Ken received in his final days.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Canad Inns, Ambassador Room A, 1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.

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May 25, 2024 at 4:41 AM

We're so sad to know Ken's passing. I felt something was wrong when I can see his car parked the whole day in their garage. Nobody's snow blowing, mowing the lawn, nobody's waving, smiling whoever pass by. Ken's smile, friendliness, helping and caring for people unconditionally will never be forgotten, a role model to our community. We will be missing our small talks just meeting along the street. But he is in a better place now, free from all problems of this world. Heartfelt condolences to the family, cherish and celebrate his life, you're all lucky to have him.


May 25, 2024 at 4:01 AM

I hope he knew how many lives he touched by just being himself, always pleasant, always ready with a smile. Rest in peace Mr. Ruppel. Condolences to the family, may you continue his legacy of kindness.

Dan and Karen Ruppel

May 9, 2024 at 2:18 PM

We’re so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Our condolences.

Inga and family

May 8, 2024 at 5:47 PM

Our heartfelt condolences go out to you Pat and children . My Ed also was on the 3 East Unit and it brings back sad memories but the staff were wonderful .. May your  memories of Ken as husband , father and grandfather remain in your hearts forever and help you through this difficult time. His smiling face brings back happy times .

Diane and Richard Koreen

May 8, 2024 at 4:23 PM

So sorry to read of Ken's demise and passing. He has always been a smiling and welcoming presence  a steadfast husband and father,  a good guy.  We 're sad for your loss but comforted that he's been released from all cares. Our hearts go out to the family.


May 8, 2024 at 4:00 PM

KEN WAS A VERY KIND MAN Pat & family. You did a wonderful.job of caring for Ken! He is out of pain . Just allow the good memories to take over your hearts Bob.& Bonnie Foulds. He will be missed!

Patrick Lang

May 8, 2024 at 2:40 PM

What a perfect photo of Ken. That's exactly what he was like when we drove school bus together -- always smiling and laughing. It was a privilege to have him as a colleague and a friend.


May 8, 2024 at 2:05 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was always so pleasant to visit. My heart goes out to you Pat, David, Kristine,Jeff and families.

Nancy Singleton

May 8, 2024 at 2:04 PM

Ken was always supportive (when the occasion called for it) , funny and caring. He had a perpetual smile even when he must  have been feeling so sick.  Ken and Pat were great  fun to socialize with and Ken was game to try anything. I recall several runs on a New Years Eve to the hot tub through the snow at -40.

A very good man gone way too soon, but no longer in pain.

Love to Pat and family.  Ken will certainly be missed by his large circle of friends.

Susan Young

May 8, 2024 at 1:59 PM

I had so much fun working with Ken at the Louis Riel School Division. He was always smiling and laughing and willing to prank someone. It was always a joy to go to work.


May 8, 2024 at 1:58 PM

Miss you Dad❤

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