Robert L. Ruplinger, age 93 of Alexandria, Minnesota, formerly of Hancock, MN, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019, in Alomere Health Alexandria, MN.

Visitation Robert Ruplinger will be held Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN.

Memorial service Robert L. Ruplinger will be held 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN.

Robert Leon Ruplinger was born on March 13, 1926, in Heron Lake, Minnesota, to Ernest and Gunda (Tolifson) Ruplinger.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Robert graduated from Holloway High School.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served at the end of WWII during the Occupation of Japan.

Robert was united in marriage to Audrey Hoffman on May 20, 1946, in Louisville, KY.  After Robert was discharged from the Army on January 1947 he came home to Audrey and a baby girl named Janice Marie.  A boy was born on September 7, 1948, whom they named James Ernest.  They farmed near Hancock, MN until the fall of 1983, and then Jim and his wife, Lee moved to the family farm to continue the farming operation. Robert and Audrey moved to a home on Lake Victoria in Alexandria, MN.

They traveled and camped all over the USA including Alaska and Mexico. They also traveled with Jan and her husband Jim to England and all the countries in Western Europe.  Robert also enjoyed fishing, playing horseshoes, playing cards and being active in the VFW.

Robert is survived by daughter: Jan (Jim) Striepe; daughter-in-law: Lee Ruplinger; five grandchildren: Becky (Todd) Nadgwick, Amy Searle, and John (Amy) Ruplinger, Michelle (Hamish Patterson) Striepe, and TJ (Jennifer) Striepe; eight great-grandchildren: Sami (Josh) Bruns, Cody, Nissa, Jameson Nadgwick, Grace and Maggie Patterson, and Jude and Arly Striepe; and sister: Kathy Gulsvig of Starbuck, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey; son, James; brother, Richard Ruplinger; and sisters, Donna Mae Ruplinger and Ardis Pederson.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred Bethesda Lutheran Church or Veterans Memorial Park. 

Arrangements with Anderson Funeral Home.

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