Charles lived with a passion for family, friends, work and life. His positive impact on my life and that of my family is considerable. My father, John Knowles, worked many years with Charles, and they were close friends. My sisters and I also worked for Ruppman - a business that Charles built and led with all his heart, talent, and soul. We are blessed to have known him. I have wonderful memories of vacations with the Ruppman family in Lake of the Ozarks. Charles told amazing, truly funny stories and made great whipped cream from scratch! One fond memory of Charles is when he paid respects at my father's visitation. The tender, loving emotion that Charles showed my family and my father touched me and all others present to witness the moment. It warms my heart to know that Charles and Dad are reunited and sharing new stories and adventures. May God comfort his family.