Funeral services have been set for Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd, Platte Woods, MO. Visitation will start at 4:00 p.m. followed with a 5:00 p.m. service.
Ralph “Wayne” Ruppert, 81, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully Monday, July 24, 2023, in the care of his loving family. Wayne was born April 30, 1942 in Slater, MO to Clayton and Myra (McKenzie) Ruppert.
Wayne graduated from Slater High School then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in education and Master of Arts degree in guidance counseling from the University of Central Missouri. Wayne started his teaching career in the Kansas City KS public school system, where he taught for seven years. His path then led him to the Park Hill School District where he spent 23 years teaching and counseling students at many levels from junior high to high school. During his time at Park Hill, he also coached football and girls’ track and field. Wayne retired from Park Hill in 1995. Following retirement, he worked for a short time in guidance counseling for the Warrensburg MO School District. Even in retirement, Wayne continued his quest to learn more about the world around him and the many things that interested him.
Wayne loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He also loved history and trivia as well as fishing and traveling to places near and far. He enjoyed cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals as well as watching college basketball. Wayne was a long-time member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church (PWUMC) and the church’s Seekers Sunday School class.
Wayne’s greatest love was his wife Sandra “Sandy” (Jahne). He married Sandy on May 14, 1965 in Kansas City, MO. They enjoyed a long happy marriage filled with laughter, love, and a lifetime of wonderful memories. Wayne and Sandy were true partners in their life journey together.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Richard, and James. He is survived by his beloved wife Sandy; daughters, Dana Stout (Richard) of Kansas City and Amy Rich (Wayne) of Liberty; sister Frances Donnelly of Grandview; four grandchildren, Lindsey, Brandon, Hannah, and Alicia; and a great grandson, Benjamin Wayne. He also leaves behind a huge “extended family” of relatives and friends. He was a blessed man who blessed so many others. Wayne will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank so many people for their unwavering support during Wayne’s illness and final months, including the caring staff of Phoenix Home Care and Hospice as well as the ministers, care team, and parishioners of PWUMC.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in Wayne’s name to Feed Northland Kids (https://feednorthlandkids.org
Memories of Wayne and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.