The Rev. Robert J. Rupprecht, age 70, of Omaha, former pastor of St. John Lutheran of New Germany, was granted eternal life Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
The funeral service will take place Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE, with a pre-service hymn sing starting at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Grand Island.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home in Grand Island.
Memorials may be made in memory of Rev. Robert J. Rupprecht to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hollywood Handicap access; 17725 53rd Street, New Germany, MN 55367.
Robert was given the gift of earthly life March 7, 1943, at Saginaw, MI, the son of the late Arthur and Dora (nee Loesel) Rupprecht. He was baptized into the Christian faith March 21, 1943, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville, MI by the Rev. William Schoenow; and confirmed April 14, 1957, by the same.
Bob attended St. Michael’s Elementary School, graduated in 1961 from Michigan Lutheran Seminary High School in Saginaw, MI, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, IL, in 1966 and 1967 respectively.
Robert was united in marriage to Annette Elizabeth Egger Aug. 5, 1967, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Portland, OR by the Rev. Paul L. Frank. God blessed their marriage with the birth of one daughter, and three sons, all born in Hong Kong, BCC.
Bob taught at the Hong Kong International School from 1967 to 1973. During that time, he developed a multimedia card catalog at the International School which incorporated thousands of films of Hong Kong businesses and local and international government organizations.
In 1973, Robert accepted a teaching position at Trinity Lutheran School, Grand Island, NE, where he was affectionately known as “Mr. R.” He taught until 1994, retiring from teaching due to health.
He became a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans (Thrivent) until 2001, when he returned to the study of the formal ministry at Concordia Seminary, St Louis, MO. In 2003, Bob was inducted as vicar at St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood, New Germany, and was ordained there in 2004.
Bob served as pastor at St John until 2012, when he retired from the ministry and moved to Omaha, NE, to attend his chemo treatments for pancreatic and liver cancer at Creighton University Cancer Clinic.
Bob loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors: gardening, flowers, hunting, and rock collecting. Bob enjoyed traveling: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and many parts of the US. He enjoyed playing Mahjong, ping-pong, softball, and badminton.
He also had a great love for music: classical, instrumental, organ, and choral. He participated in the choirs at Church of all Nations, Hong Kong; Trinity Lutheran, GI; and St John, Hollywood. He was also a member of the Grand Island City Singers for a number of years, and participated in our nation’s 1976 bicentennial celebration, representing the state of Nebraska in Washington, DC.
Besides teaching at Trinity for 21 years, Bob participated in coaching and officiating flag football, volleyball, girls’ basketball, softball, and track. He oversaw the operations of Trinity’s school library and assisted in the development of the school’s computer program. He produced and was the voice of the Trinity Radio broadcast from 1981 to 1996.
He also officiated Grand Island City League softball for 15 years, participating in numerous regional and state tournaments.
Robert is survived by his loving family: wife, Annette; daughter, Christine Winberg of Omaha; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Kate Rupprecht of Cape Town, South Africa, John and Munjong Rupprecht of Iksan, South Korea, and Mark Rupprecht of Omaha; grandchildren Jeremiah, Zachary, and Gabriel Rupprecht of Cape Town, and Aaron, Michael, and Jesse Winberg of Hazard, NE; brothers and sisters-in-law George and Ruth Rupprecht of Richville, MI, and Edward and Wilma Rupprecht of Sugar Grove, IL; brothers and sister-in-law, Jan and Connie Egger of Seattle, WA, and Darwin James Gravelle of Colorado Springs, CO; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dora (nee Loesel) Rupprecht; brothers William, infant baby Rupprecht, and John F. Rupprecht; sister-in-law Lois Rupprecht; brother-in-law Stanley Egger; and father and mother-in-law, Irvin Egger, and Elida and Donald Vance.