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Ken Ruppel

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KENNETH WAYNE RUPPEL

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.


Always smile at someone and say “hello”

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

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Comments (9)
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Feb 18

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

Dan and Karen Ruppel

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Feb 06

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 .

Inga and family

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Feb 02

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.


Diane and Richard Koreen

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Jan 28

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!

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Jan 27

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.

Patrick Lang

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Jan 25

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.

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Jan 25

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.

Nancy Singleton

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Jan 25

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.


Susan Young


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Guest
Jan 24

Miss you Dad❤

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