Martin Rupe


Martin Rupe, age 68, died at home on November 1, 2022.

Martin was born June 19, 1954 with his twin brother, Melvin, in Ottumwa. Martin married Cindy Adam on April 16, 1983. Together they raised 3 sons, Patrick (Amanda) of Adel, Andrew (Angie) of Marion and Christopher (Kelsey) of Adel. To these 3 sons 9 grandchildren were born, Joshua, Caleb, Grace, Cece, Isaac, Mia, Everett, Eli and Ella. These have been the blessings in his life.

Martin grew up in rural Eldon and was a proud member of the class of 1972 at Cardinal School. He worked at Ottumwa Brickyard-Cantex, Hormel, Dexter and the last 19 years at Pella Corp. In his 40 years of working, he missed only a half day of work. He put down his roots with Cindy in the area and lived in rural Bladensburg for the past 32 years. Together they raised 3 sons into remarkable young men. This was largely due to Martin and the father he was to them and the husband he was to Cindy. He was truly a quiet, gentle giant to all of us. His memory will live on in us and the next generation of Rupes. For all of us, “it’s been a wonderful life” because of him.

Martin was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation and General Shields Council #888 Third Degree Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed working with the Friday night cooking crew for the past several years. Martin was always available to lend a hand whenever asked. He stayed in the background volunteering to help with any community project Cindy roped him into.

He is survived by his brothers, Jim (Linda) of Ottumwa, Melvin of Pueblo, CO; sisters, Barb (Doug) Black of Ottumwa and Becky (Bill) Jobe of Rapids City, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Doyle and Willa Rupe and his brother, Steve Rupe.

Visitation will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 6th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The casket will remain closed to the public.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 7th at St. Mary of the Visitation with Father Dale Mallory presiding. Cremation will follow the service.

Martin witnessed the positive impact of athletics in his sons’ lives. Memorial donations to the Rupe Family will be directed to scholarships for deserving young athletes in the ADM (Adel-DeSoto-Minburn) Strength and Conditioning or Ottumwa Wrestling Programs.

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