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.
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