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A.J. Ruppel, 77 year old Woodward resident, died Friday, March 30, 2018 in Ardmore. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jason Dirks officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery with the United States Marine Corp providing military graveside rites.

Arthur Jerry Ruppel was born on May 20, 1940 in Tangier, Oklahoma to Victor and Martha (Schafer) Ruppel. He grew up in Tangier and Woodward and attended Woodward schools. He was inducted into the United States Marine Corp in 1957. He was honorably discharged in 1959.

A.J. was married to Naomi Fay Blake on September 8, 1959 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They were blessed with four children: Vickey, Martin, Dale, and Jerry Don. They made their home in Woodward and A.J. worked at Rine Drilling Company and Hickman Drilling before becoming the owner and operator of Sunflower Carriers. He continued working until his retirement in 2008.

He attended the Richmond Church. A.J. enjoyed fishing, camping, playing slot machines, motorcycle riding and horses. He loved spending time with his family and was a member of the Woodward Moose Lodge.

He is survived by one daughter, Vickey Ruppel McDonald of Healdton, Oklahoma; three sons: Martin Ruppel and wife Linda of Pennington Gap, Virginia, Dale Ruppel and wife Rhonda of Woodward, Jerry Don Ruppel and wife Tally of Woodward; one sister, Helen Sheffer of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, Heather Lindsey, Rachel Slawson, Missi McDonald, Noah Ruppel, Lori Ruppel, Laci Wilson, Jeffrey Ruppel, Krista Hull, Bret Blevins, Adam Robbins, Josh Robbins; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Alexis, Christopher, Lane, Sarah, Naomi, Hunter, James, Ryleigh, Nathan, Natalie, Norah, Braxton, Hannah, Kaylee, Jack, Jessalyn, Lillian; special friends, Harry and Gretah Arnold and Clyde and Pat Lindsey; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Martha Ruppel, brothers, Robert Ruppel, Carl Ruppel, Jim Ruppel, sister Lillian Ruppel, his wife Naomi, and two grandchildren, Zachary and Laken.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on April 2, 2018
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