Charles, Jr. You were my first teacher in business and I owe you much for the depth and insights that you taught me mostly through your own actions and care. God rest your soul and know that your efforts have reached well over many others lifes and times. Thank you.
I watched my late brother John J. Knowles transformed from a high school dropout turned apprentice printer to production manager turned Vice-President and leadership of components of the successful Ruppman companies. John learned to work hard and play hard from Charles. Charles saw and rewarded potential in his employees, like John. I thank God Charles was there for John, right to the end. They are now united eternally, fishing, boating and joking!
There are countless stories and memories to be told and remembered. Rest in peace, Charles, you supported many during your lifetime.
Walt and Joan Ruppman
I never knew what a great journey Charles and I set upon when we started Dialogue Marketing (RMS) in 1973 in the Ruppman Plaza cafeteria with six phone reps and a dream that only Charles had the vision to complete. Thanks for the roller coaster ride Charles. It was my privledge to be your partner and friend.God bless you for all the fun,wisdom,hard work, excitement,support and loyalty you gave me during our 42 years together.
The world had lost a very great man. He was my grandpa. We miss him every moment and he will always be remembered as a generous and profound leader. Everything good in my life can be traced back to him. I will live everyday inspired to help people the way that he did. What a blessing to have known him. Thank you grandpa you're so incredibly missed. I love you
Thanks for your companionship, friendship and the many fond memories of good times past.
Keep your drives in the fairway and stay out of the hazards.
Uncle Elmer and family
It was a privilege to work for Ruppmans and it was the caring,thoughtful concern and interest in their employees that generated the loyalty and devotion forever for Charles and Ruppmans.
It was a big big loss when we no longer heard "CHARLES IS IN THE BUILDING."
Our Prayers are with you.
My thought & prayers are with his family. I worked for the company since I was 19. It was a great pleasure & experience to be working there.
Sending sincere condolences to the Ruppman family. I, too, spent many years as a Ruppman employee and will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunities that Charles provided to us. With every year that passes, I realize more and more how much I learned from both Charles and my fellow employees. I will always treasure my “Ruppman years” and he and his father made it all possible. Many thanks to the Ruppman family; and I hope you find some comfort in knowing how many lives he touched in such a positive way. May he rest in peace.
My cousin Charles was a kind and generous man and his passing is a huge loss to so many. May all the Ruppmans find comfort in happy memories of Charles that will forever be a part of us. Rest in peace.
When I heard of Charles' passing. The first 2 words that came to my mind were generous and funny. Charles would give those he loved and sometimes even those he didn't, the shirt off of his back. He taught me how to hunt and fish, which are now 2 of my favorite hobbies.As my Father-in-Law he always took me along for the ride and what a ride it was. He told the funniest true life stories that I ever heard. I was blessed to have him as a part of my life. Thank you all so much for your condolences and memories. God Love You, Charles.
Charles was one of a kind and I was always so proud to be his cousin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as they face this enormous loss. Rest in peace Charles, rest in peace.
Susan (Ruppman) LaVallee
Charles certainly believed in promoting from within based on merit...not something a company that large does too often. And he'd be proud of all the people who used to work at Ruppman and how far they've advanced in their careers, in no small part due to the fact that he gave them a shot at leadership--and they proved him right! Rest in peace, CTR.
Prayers to the Ruppman family. As a previous employee of Ruppman Marketing, I made several friends & enjoyed the opportunities that became available to me. I only have fond memories of Mr. Ruppman & his management style. He will be greatly missed. God Bless.
Deepest sympathy to the Ruppman family . As former employees , we too enjoyed a fine work place with top staff . great fellow co workers , and as our leader Mr Ruppman who gave his very best to us . Thanks for a valuable work ethic we carry today . Roberta Conley , Gert Mann
As everyone has expressed here, Charles will be greatly missed. I had the opportunity to work for him also and he challenged, encouraged and supported everyone in their journey to be the best individual and business person they could be. I was blessed to learn from the best through training and business opportunities he provided throughout my employment. I also had the opportunity to get to know Lena, and I offer you and your family my most heartfelt condolences on your loss. I was privileged to work for Charles and will be forever grateful all he did to help make me the person I am today. May God be with you all during this difficult time.
Our family is indebted to Charles. His compassion and affection for my father, John Knowles, and our family was truly significant. I have many cherished memories of vacations and social gatherings with the Ruppman family. Charles entertained us with his great stories around the campfire and loved to show me his amazing match trick. I never figured out how he magically lit the matchstick. We are grateful and blessed to have known him. It is a profound loss to many. Our hearts and prayers are with the Ruppman family during this time of grief. My mother, Sharon Kowalske, sends her condolences as well.
I have many wonderful memories of Charles as my friend and brother-in-law, and he was a loving uncle and mentor to my children. But the story I'd like to share is one of Charles 'the company owner'. Years ago after my sister-in-law, Paula Bohanan, finished taking a few computer courses, she got a job at Ruppman Marketing in the data entry department. At one of our family gatherings, I casually mentioned to Charles that Paula was working for him. Not long after that, Charles took the time out of his day to go and introduce himself to her and wish her well on her job. Paula was very young and literally fresh off the farm, and she was thrilled when she told me what he did. He made a lasting impression on her. Paula has since, herself, gone on to heaven. There's thousands of stories like this and many more of how truly interested Charles was in people. My sister married a good man--they were a great team. We miss Charles and will for a very long time.
lena........can't believe it has been over 40 years since i have seen you...........and before you were married.......i am glad you had a wonderful long life together.....from all of the peoples comments he had to have been a wonderful person.......so sorry about your loss........still cutting my own hair..(: ......fondly, elaine cohen
My deepest condolences to Charles' family and friends. As an employee of RNYPS and RMS for many years, I appreciate the way the Ruppmans took care of the people who worked for them, and the friendships and opportunities provided. Charles will always be missed and remembered.
Kim and Tim,
We are sad to read of Charles's passing. We hope the many happy memories will help you and your family get through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Diana & Ed Johnson (IVY Club)
My deepest sympathies to the Ruppman family. I have fond memories of Mr. Ruppman from my 10 years at Ruppman Marketing. What a great man and leader he was. He provided so many of us with opportunites and friendships that will last a lifetime. He will be missed by many. Prayers go to out to his family and friends during this time of loss.
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.
May you rest with the Angels and take comfort with God. Prayers to you and your family at this time of sorrow.
My condolances to the Ruppman family. Thank Mr. Ruppman for coming to Waterloo and opening a call center in our city. I have worked here for 20years and am blessed to have had this opportunity which wouldn't have been possible without you. GOD SPEED.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ruppman family. I enjoyed the many years I worked there. Rest in Peace.
I am in the technology business and Charles was my client during late 80's. I learned so much from him and had more fun trying to keep up with him as we tried to change the the marketing industry and tried to change the consumer electronics repair business. I think about those days often.
Please accept the condolences of the Hansen Family.
I am sorry for the family's loss. I too worked for Ruppman & valued the experience working there. My prayers & thoughts are with the family.
Mr. Ruppman may you rest in peace. Thank you for giving me one of the best places to work for 22 years. The times at Ruppman Marketing/AFFINA have made me the person I am today.
Lena, prayers for you and family ........
Charles Ruppman made a big difference in my life. He gave me a great place to work for 19 years. He allowed people to grow, learn, & laugh. What at great place to work. The friends I have from Ruppman were friends you have the rest of your life. He was quite the guy; always challenging you to do better. Prayers to the Ruppman Family. He sure will be missed.
My heartfelt sympathies to the Ruppman family. Charles was a true leader and someone that has impacted my life even today. Ask any of the old "Ruppman" crew and they will tell you that their best work memories would have been working for Charles. He expected a lot but by doing so he created some of the best employees you will find. He will be greatly missed. God Bless.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Charles will forever be a respected leader and a man of high integrity. Thanks for making a positive contribution to my life and many others. His legacy will be remembered.
To my best friend, I will always cherish the time we spent together the past 35 years. I will miss our many talks, trips, and laughs but will never forget the many opportunities and challenges you gave me in my life. I miss you "Chuck"
A wonderful man who made a difference in so many lives. He truly cared about his employees and their families and everyone around him. Heaven has received the best of the best. Deepest sympathies to the entire family. May God comfort all of you.
You were a giant of a man in all that you touched in life. You helped without being asked...an honest thank you and doing one's best in life was enough for you. You didn't believe in'impossibilities' you dreamed and lived the possibilities every day of your life. Thank you for your heartfelt advice, encouragement, belief, friendship, and devotion to family -- I am eternally blessed for having known and loved you as family and friend.
May God watch over the entire Ruppman family during this very difficult time in their life.
Thank you for for being my best friend. There has not been a moment since you have pasted that I have not thought about the many trips, talks, and laughts you and I had over the past 35 years. With a ever so heavy heart I will miss you "Chuck".