Posted by: emsfh1 | February 14, 2010

John Ruppel

Keller, TX–John Ruppel, 55, passed away on February 14, 2010, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX, due to complications during neurosurgery.

John was born August 31, 1954, in Ft. Carson, Colorado to Edward G. Ruppel and Barbara A. (Eluere) Ruppel.  He married Joanne Moshis on April 19, 1980.  In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by 5 children: Christopher Ruppel, Dallas, TX; Elizabeth/David Hall, Lewisville, TX; Katie Ruppel, Ft. Worth, TX; Nicholas Ruppel and Zoe Ruppel, still at home.  Also surviving are 3 sisters/spouses, Theresa/Charles Shelby, Lafayette, IN; Mary Jane/Mike Zuzolo, Lafayette, IN; and Jo Ellen/Keith Obermeyer, Jasper, IN, and 4 brothers/spouses: Mark/Stephanie Ruppel, Lawrenceville, IL; Francis/Eileen Ruppel, Knoxville, TN; Daniel Ruppel, Lawrenceville, IL; and Christopher/Seemein Ruppel, Carmel, IN; 2 brothers-in-law, Thomas/Bennie Moshis and Dan/Nancy Moshis, Elgin, IL, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Growing up in a small town as the oldest of 8, John quickly learned the meaning of balancing hard work, intelligence and humor as he worked alongside his witty father Ed at their family-owned electronic shop, fixing up TVs and the like for customers around town. Continuing his interest in electronics, John graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1976 and began working for Motorola, where he worked for the next 31 years.  He also obtained a Masters Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. Clearly a technology enthusiast, John continued to be an unofficial computer techie for family and friends in his many years in Texas, deeming him his nickname the Genius, or Johnius among family. The nickname was well-given as he was granted 10 United States Patents for his designs in electrical engineering. His other hobbies included reading, gardening and spending time with his family around the dinner table, in the pool, or in the car on long yet rewarding 14-hour road trips to his hometown in Illinois.

Brought up by two faithful servants, John, too, was no different. He was a member of St. John the Apostle Church where he was very active in both the church and school, as he was a strong supporter of Catholic education. For many years, he and his wife Joanie were sponsors for couples needing guidance as they took steps into marriage. John also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and on mission trips to Guatemala. And, after retiring from his job at Motorola, he substituted for the St. John’s junior high classes as a science teacher, where he was sure to incorporate his dry sense of humor.

His life of giving and self-sacrifice continued on into his death; by being an organ donor, he saved four others’ lives.

John’s smile, so easily brought out and so genuine, will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 18, from 5-8 p.m., with the Rosary being recited at 6:00 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Friday, February 19 at 11:00.  Both the visitation and funeral will be held at St. John the Apostle Church, 7341 Glenview Drive, North Richland Hills, TX.  Burial will follow in Bourland Cemetery, Bourland Rd., Keller, TX.
Locally, Father John Briedenbach will be celebrate Mass, which will be offered for John, at 8:00 a.m. Friday, at St. Thomas Church, St. Thomas Rd, Vincennes, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family  requests that donations be made to either of these causes, both of which John was highly involved in and passionate about: St. John the Apostle Catholic School (Tuition Assistance Fund) or St. John’s sister parish in Patzun, Guatemala.



  1. My prayers are with you at this time of loss and sorrow. St. Francis Xavier Parishioner, St. Francsivlle, IL

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