Orville E. C. Rupnow
April 3, 1935 — June 15, 2017
Orville E. C. Rupnow, 82, of Oconomowoc, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Dycora Nursing Home-Fort Atkinson.
Orville was born on April 3, 1935, in Oconomowoc, the son of Hilbert and Mabel (Weege) Rupnow. He married Elizabeth Fischer on Sept. 3, 1955. Orville was a dairy farmer in Ixonia for many years and also drove buses for Dousman and Oconomowoc Transport. He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. He loved collecting Farmall tractors and always displayed them on his mantel. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren and friends.
Survivors include five children, Karen (Gary) Maas of Eau Claire, Doug (Sheryl) of Watertown, Dan (Mary) of Watertown, Darrell (Jackie) of Sussex and Greg (Tara) of Ixonia; 17 grandchildren, Josh, Jenny, Jake (Jamie), Jeanna, Matt (Dana), Melissa, Michael (Danielle), Jacob, Billy (Jessica), Leanne (Scott), Justin, Samantha, Jessica, Tony, Jessica, Karsen and Jadyn; 10 great-grandchildren, Emma, Tori, Cody, Milo, Brecken, Liam, Ava, Ivan, Jarek and Maegan; two brothers, Roger (Helen) of Ixonia and Dean (Julie) of Weyerhauser; three sisters, Alida Jaeger of Watertown, Janet (Fred) Genz of Ixonia and LaVonne Reinke of Oak Park, Ill.; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son David; and brother Lawrence. Memorials to St. Matthews Lutheran Church Oconomowoc would be appreciated.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 19, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc with the Rev. Daniel Schmidt presiding. Visitation was Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial was in La Belle Cemetery in Oconomowoc.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home, 920-261-2113, is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made at