Charles J. Rupert

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FORT MADISON, Iowa -- Charles J. Rupert, 93, of Fort Madison passed away at 11 p.m. Friday (Aug. 15, 2014) at the Fort Madison Community Hospital. He was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Quincy, Ill., to Melvin and Celesta Mae Dailing Rupert Wendling. On June 29, 1947, he married Patricia Flo Latherow in Macomb, Ill. She died Oct. 6, 2012.

Charles was a 1939 graduate of Quincy High School where he was very active in their athletic program. He then attended Gem City Business College in Quincy. He was a veteran of the United States Naval Air Corps serving during World War II. In 1946, he went to work for the W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co. After 36 years he retired as manager of international operations in 1982. During this time, he traveled extensively overseas followed by more of the same as executive consultant and U.S. representative for the Sailor Pen Co. of Tokyo, Japan, during the years 1983 to 1987. In 1953 while president of the Fort Madison Junior Chamber of Commerce, he was selected as "Fort Madison's Outstanding Young Man."

He was a longtime member of the Union Presbyterian Church, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Fort Madison Rotary Club, and the former Fort Madison Country Club. He was a former chairman of the local Red Cross, chairman of the Fort Madison Municipal Water Board Trustees, and former member of the RSVP Advisory Council and the Fort Madison Board of Adjustment.

He enjoyed being with good friends, golfing, music, especially piano and violin, and working in his yard, but most of all being with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes on TV, both basketball and football, and also tournaments.

He is survived by one son, Craig Rupert, of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Ann Matthews, of St. Louis, and Janet (husband Alex) Bassel, of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Katie and Scott Bassel; three sisters, Shirley Pieper, Sandra Schaffer and Linda Scharnhorst, all of Quincy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; father; mother; stepfather; two sisters, Dorothy Hanner and Betty Waterman; and three brothers, Jack, Donald, and Melvin.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff at Sunnybrook Assisted Living for their loving care to Charley and family, and to the house dog, Buddy, for his constant companionship. They would also like to recognize the staff at the Fort Madison Community Hospital for the excellent care and treatment they provided.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Barr Memorial Chapel in Fort Madison. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy. The Rev. Cheryl Simpson will officiate.

VISITATION: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison.

MEMORIALS: Fort Madison Elks Lodge; contributions may be left at the Barr Memorial Chapel.

ARRANGEMENTS: Barr Memorial Chapel, 1919 Avenue F, Fort Madison, IA 52627

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Barr Memorial Chapel Inc
1919 Avenue F Fort Madison, IA 52627
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 18 to Aug. 20, 2014
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