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Robert J. Ruppenkamp dies at 80

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Robert J. Ruppenkamp, 80, of Chesterton, died Sunday, June 24, 2012.

He was born Sept., 4, 1931, in Cumberland, Md., the son of John and Clara (O’Neal) Ruppenkamp, who preceded him in death.

In 1955, in Baltimore, Md., he married Bertie JoAnn (Hardy) Ruppenkamp, who also preceded him in death.

He survived by his loving family, daughters Brenda (Ronald) Miller of Houston, Texas, and Cindy Agent (Hutch) of Valparaiso; grandchildren, Tiffany Jurkash, Dustin Agent, Ryan Miller, and Hannah Wright; great-grandchildren, Kate and Ella; brothers, Edward (Mary) Ruppenkamp and Raymond Ruppenkamp; and sisters, Angela Justice and Frances Growden.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy.

Bob retired from Bethlehem Steel as a general foreman. He loved to stay active after retirement doing a variety of volunteer work. He was an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he and his wife co-founded the Table of Plenty. Bob gave much of his time volunteering at the Duneland Resale Shop and was awarded Volunteer of the Year. In his younger years, he sang barbershop and competed nationally, sharing his voice with many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Road in Chesterton. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton, from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick.

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Posted 6/25/2012