Ruppel, Otto "Ottsie" John
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Otto "Ottsie" John Ruppel, age 95, of Sheboygan, went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 after a brief stay at St. Nicholas Hospital.
Otto was born December 10, 1916 in Fawler, Michigan to Henry and Amalia (Yurk) Ruppel. When he was young, his family moved to Sheboygan where he attended Ebenezer Lutheran School and Sheboygan Central High School.
Otto was previously married to Leatrice Koehn.
On July 2, 1966 Otto married Bernice Trester. She preceded him in death on October 14,1982.
Otto was a faithful, active member of St. Pauls' Lutheran Church and continued attending every Sunday without fail.
For a number of years Otto worked at Kingsbury Brewery and later at Garton Toy as a nickel plater. For twenty-two years he was employed at K.W. Muth as a quality control manager, retiring in 1982.
Otto lived and breathed sports his entire life. He coached and umpired in the Sheboygan area and was affectionately known as "Ottsie" by young and old alike. He was the trainer for the Sheboygan Redskins in the 1940's, was inducted into the Diamond Club for baseball in 1987 and inducted into the Hall of Fame for Umpires in 2002.
His other hobbies included golfing and gardening
God blessed Otto with the spirit and will to function well at home for many years despite his blindness.
He is survived by his daughter, Pam Carrasco of Sheboygan Falls; his son, Donald (Mary) Ruppel of Anaheim, CA: six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his sister Edna Heine of Zephyr Hills, FL; and his dear friend, Sharon Johnson and her three children, Christopher, Michael, and Kimberly "Buttons" who were like family to him.
In addition to his wife, Bernice, he was preceded in death by one brother, Edward and five sisters, Edna, Alma, Frieda, Elva, and Mary.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 13th & Lincoln Ave., Sheboygan, WI. Rev. Alan Kretschmar, Pastor, will officiate. A time of visitation and support will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.
Otto's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the 5th floor staff at St. Nicholas Hospital for their care and compassion this last week.
To sign the guestbook, light a candle or send flowers visit: www.ballhornchapels.com
Ottsie will always be remembered for his opinions and wit.
Published in Sheboygan Press on July 6, 2012