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James Ruplinger, 65

James Ernest Ruplinger, 65, died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Knute Nelson, surrounded by his loving family.

James was born September 7, 1948 in Benson, the son of Robert and Audrey (Hoffman) Ruplinger. James was baptized in Fairfield and confirmed at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Hancock. He graduated from Hancock High School where he participated in football and wrestling. Jim then continued his education at Willmar Community College.

In 1967, Jim moved to the Twin Cities where he worked at Elk River Concrete. That is where he met Lee Ann Tollefson. Jim and Lee married on October 5, 1968 at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Hancock. They raised three children, Becky, Amy and John on a farm near Hancock.

Jim raised livestock, corn, soybeans and wheat from 1972 until 1994 when he retired. After he retired from farming, he kept himself busy by managing the Rainbow Rider routes, driving truck for RK Transportation and Cabinet Components.

In 1997, Jim and Lee moved to Alexandria. Jim enjoyed golfing, gardening, hunting and spending time with friends and family. He also enjoyed watching Twins baseball and Vikings football. Jim and Lee enjoyed traveling; in particular, Caribbean cruises and trying his luck at blackjack.

Jim was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son and brother who loved getting together for family events. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lee Ruplinger of Alexandria; parents, Robert and Audrey Ruplinger of Alexandria; daughters, Becky (Todd) Nadgwick of Kensington, and Amy (Brad) Searle of Morris; son, John Ruplinger of Aberdeen, SD; four grandchildren, Sami Searle and special friend Matt Smith of Morris, Cody Nadgwick, Nissa Nadgwick and Jameson Nadgwick, all of Kensington; sister, Jan (Jim) Striepe of Spirit Lake, IA; and his beloved Boston terriers, Clyde and Gus.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 14 at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Wallin officiating. Kim Byrne provided the music. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery. Honorary pall bearers were all of Jims grandchildren and Mike Ascheman, Pete Joos, Aldean Hoffman, Lowell Rohloff, David Paul, Don Timmerman, Ron Hoffman, Brad Searle and Todd Nadgwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;