Marvin J. Rupp, 88, Hays, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born March 25, 1930, in Schoenchen to Andrew and Adeline (Rupp) Rupp. He was a 1948 graduate of Hays High School.
He married Shirley A. Rupp on Oct. 9, 1950, in Hays. They celebrated 68 years of marriage. He was a farmer, dairyman and cattleman, and sold and installed dairy equipment. He enjoyed wheat and other crops, and while farming he received the outstanding farmer award for conservation. He was the co-owner of Ellis County Implement and a custom cutting business, and the owner and operator of Rupp Dairy Farm and Ellis County Dairy Supply.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the third degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325 and Senior Companion Program.
He was a jack of all trades, could fix anything, built houses, was innovative, and always served others. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and storyteller, and he enjoyed genealogy, vegetable gardening, and welding animals out of stainless steel. He had a strong faith in God and often said, “Don’t forget to pray.”
Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of the home in Hays; a son, Andrew Rupp and wife, Kathy, Hays; a daughter; Amy Perez and husband, Leonel, Wichita; a daughter-in-law, Elaine Rupp, Hays; a sister, Blanche VonLintel, Hays; eight brothers and sisters-in-law, Connie Wallace, Ron Rupp and wife, Marie, Fred Rupp and wife, Alicia, Bernie Rupp and wife, Dottie, Marlene McGuire, Mary McNamara and husband, Mike, Stan Rupp, and Larry Rupp and wife, Marq; 10 grandchildren, Stephen Rupp, Thomas Rupp, Jonathon Rupp and wife, Amanda, Dr. Aaron Rupp, Matthew Applequist, Alex Perez, Vanessa Rupp, Elizabeth Rupp and fiancé Kyle Goetz, Annaka Applequist, and Isabella Perez; two great-grandchildren, Ivan Rupp and Amelia Rupp; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Stephen Rupp in 1996; an infant daughter, Karen Rupp; and four brothers, Michael M. Rupp, Henry “Hank” Rupp, Francis “Frannie” Rupp, and an infant brother, Harland Rupp.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, Senior Companion Program, or St. Joseph Church, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at at www.haysmemorial.com.