John G. Rupple Issue Date: April 11, 2019
John G. Rupple, 92, passed away Saturday, April 6.
Born June 10, 1926, the only child, to George W. and Anna K. (Patterson) Rupple, he married Anna after her first husband, Frank King and third child, Donald died in an accidental drowning in the Wolf River.
He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and enlisted in the Army Air Corp. at age 17 and was called up a year later to train as a fighter pilot but was unable to go into active combat due to the the war coming to an end.
He then followed his father into the dairy business after completing a degree at UW-Madison and worked at McDonald Dairy in Flint, Mi. for over two decades. Mr McDonald was his mentor and employer through the years and whom he spoke fondly of him. He taught his children the value of hard work.
After his fathers passing on Christmas Day in 1969, he was asked to take over a business that his father and other partners started in 1970, Wisconsin Film and Bag (WF&B), which nearly failed due to the 1970s oil embargo and crisis as polyethylene being an oil-based product.
His hard work carried WF&B through the oil crisis and led to employment in Oconto and later in Shawano when the business was moved to a newly-built facility in 1983. He retired from there and sold it after 21 years and the business is now owned by Novolex.
His generosity and service was experienced by organizations like Shawano National/Valley/M&I Bank (now BMO Harris Bank), Shawano Hospital, the Mielke Foundation, Sacred Heart Church, the Shawano Chamber of Commerce, the Shawano Gun Club, UWGB, Ducks Unlimited and the Bay-Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America, among others where he served as a board member or contributor. He was known for many years for his fantastic grounds, gardens, kindness and generosity.
He enjoyed gardening, traveling with his first wife, Tess, and later with his second wife, Roz, especially to places with natural beauty, worked on the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Ca. and traveled to Washington DC for the Old Glory Honor Flight with his daughter.
He is survived by his oldest daughter, Beth Wilson, Lansing, Ill.; a son, Paul (Andrea) Rupple, Winfield, Ill.; youngest daughter, Lisa (Brad) Muller, Bellevue; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther ("Tess") Rupple; his second wife, Lois ("Roz) Rupple; three sons, Jeffery, Mark and John Rupple and a grandson, John Newton.
Visitation will be at at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral services at noon, followed by Military Honors. Swedberg Funeral Home of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.
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