Obituary: Charles Thomas Ruppman
February 7, 2013
73 of Genoa, Nevada passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his vacation home in Naples, Florida from complications of heart disease. Born August 11, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to Alvaretta Van Dolman and Charles Sydney Ruppman. Charles has three sisters: Cheryl (Don) Euse-Shricker; Lynne Ruppman; and Carol (Tom) Lund. He loved being a Chicago south-sider born at 65th and Ashland and remained loyal to the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. Charles spent his professional career in Peoria, Illinois. He started and built one of the leading outsourcing providers of Telemarketing Services to Fortune 500 companies. He was an entrepreneur where many co-workers realized their financial reward under his leadership. Charles loved to share his good fortune and help others succeed! Honored as the 1993 Master Entrepreneur of the Year for Illinois and Northwest Indiana, presented by Ernst and Young, Merrill Lynch, and Inc. Magazine. Charles was also presented with the Creative Thinking Award by the Creative Thinking Association, in recognition for creativity in management and corporate growth. He was awarded the Yellow Pages Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Charles served on the Board of Directors for Proctor Community Hospital, the Peoria Area YMCA and the Peoria Economic Development Council. His vision and successful establishment of Woodruff Technology Academy at Woodruff High School District 150 Public Schools provides students with comprehensive curriculum to prepare them for the technological environment of the future. He supported all of the communities he lived in through philanthropic donations. Bettering individual lives and whole communities was extremely important to him. Charles was an avid cyclist and instrumental in the Proctor Cycling Classic events. He was an accomplished private pilot with over 2500 hours of flight time. He and his father enjoyed flying their planes throughout the US and Canada for business and to hunt and fish. One of the great loves of his life was his T-34 Mentor Navy trainer. He always said having the plane was his most extravagant luxury in life. He especially loved early morning Pheasant hunts with his sons and his dog. Charles spent time in the Florida Keys and Naples, where he enjoyed sharing time with his parents. They enjoyed golf, boating, fishing, and hunting together. He was a consummate family man. Some of his favorite things were Jazz music, photography, scuba diving, watches & timepieces, playing free cell, and taking naps. He loved being excused from serving mass on weekends when he and his father would go hunting. Charles loved laughter, jokes, and telling stories. Retired to Genoa, Nevada, he loved the west and loved being an American cowboy; taking pack trips in the wild, camping, fishing, hiking, campfires, and sleeping under the stars. Charles married Lena M. Hunkeapillar on Nov 11, 1972 in Peoria, Illinois. They raised five children: Kimberly J. (Dr. Timothy) Bly, Diane M. Ludy, Kimberly B. (Robert) Haske, Charles W. (Amy) Ruppman, and John S. Ruppman. They have 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Charles loved life and having great times with nieces, nephews, and many friends who were like family. There will be no formal services. Memorials may be made to the American Farm School, PO BOX 23, 551 02 Thessaloniki Greece.