Gerald “Jerry” Ruprecht of Watkins died peacefully Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. He was 71.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery in St. Nicholas with Fr. Jeff Horesji officiating.
Gerald P. Ruprecht was born April 24, 1949, to Lawrence and Rose Mary (Thul) Ruprecht. He grew up on the family farm where they raised tobacco. He graduated from Eden Valley High School in 1967. Jerry served honorably in the U.S Army from Oct. 1968 through July 1971. He served in the Vietnam War from April 1969 to Oct. 1970 and he was honored with four Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, and a Purple Heart.
On July 1, 1972, Jerry was united in marriage with Rose Kuechle at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. They lived in Watkins and raised three children together. Jerry retired in 2008 from a career in sewer and water construction with Ryan Contracting. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them fishing. His hobbies included restoring John Deere tractors, planting and harvesting a large garden, and spending winters in the spear house.
Jerry was a member of the Watkins American Legion Post #453 and the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post #5460. He will always be remembered by his family as a loving husband and an amazing father and grandfather who was always there ot help them with anything.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Dominick, and nephew and godson Jeremy.
He is survived by his wife Rose Ruprecht of Watkins; children Jill (and Kevin) Root of Paynesville, (Keith (and Karla) Ruprecht of Cold Spring, and Wendy (and Jeff) Kraemer of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; siblings Tom (and Marilyn) Ruprecht of St. Nicholas, Sandy (and Roger) Hintz of Litchfield, Mary Kay (and Larry) Larson of Willmar, Debbie (and Larry) Knutson of Spicer, Steve Ruprecht of Richmond, Dan (and Julie) Ruprecht of Eden Valley, Roger (and Sheila) Ruprecht of Watkins, and Marlene (and Paul) DesMaris of Greenfield.