Thomas M. "Tom" Rupert, age 63, of Parkers Prairie, died Thursday, October 08, 2015, at his home.
Memorial Services are 1 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music is provided by organist, Maureen Diedrich and soloist, Gary Gylsen. Full military honors are accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, Alexandria American Legion Post #87, Alexandria VFW Post #936 and VVA Rifle Squad Chapter 235.
Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the church.
Thomas Melvin Rupert was born on March 19, 1952, to Clarence and Berdine (Johnson) Rupert in Alexandria. He was baptized at the hospital the day he was born and a formal ceremony was held on October 19, 1952, at St. Mary's Church in Alexandria. He was confirmed at St. Mary's Church on April 19, 1964. Tom attended elementary school in Holmes City, Central Junior High, and graduated from Jefferson High School. Following his education he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his honorable discharge he was united in marriage to Kathryn Hagen on June 10, 1972. During his life Tom worked construction and woodcutting. He was united in marriage to Patricia Looker on April 17, 2002, and together they managed T&A Bar & Grill. Tom also worked at Donnelly Custom Molding until a brain aneurism forced his early retirement. Tom was a member of the Forada Flasher Baseball Team and the Viking and Twins Fan Club. He enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee with family and friends and especially enjoyed beating his sister, "Woody." He loved spending time with his "girls."
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents; two brothers, Larry Rupert and Barry Rupert; sister, Sandy Sullivan; and brother-in-law, Richard "Pewee" Sullivan.
Tom is survived by his two children, Tina (Dennis Marthaler) Brekken and Tesha (Jordan Graetz) Ritenour; five step-children, Rebecca (Gary) Yttrie, Veronica (Scott) Turchin, Jessica (James) Dahl, Miranda (Meagan) Looker, and Alexander (Maggie Sutton) Looker; two brothers, Jerry (Linda) Rupert and Jim (Marlene) Rupert; sister, Judy Hedstrom; grandchildren, Bobby (Stephanie) Brekken, Jay Brekken, Celia Ritenour, Cloee Ritenour, Greysen Graetz, Gabi Graetz, Christian Yttrie, Taryn Yttrie, Robin Turchin, Kristin Hammack, Carly Turchin, Jacqueline Turchin, Colin (Shondel) Turchin, Brianna Ringsaker, Samantha Dahl, and Brenden Pageant; great-grandchildren, Abby Brekken, Bayley Roper, Averianna and Elliana Hammack and Jadon Stephens; many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Urnbearers are his brothers and sister.