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W. Joyce (Tipton) Ruppel

June 17, 1932 ~ January 6, 2022 (age 89)


Age 89, of Jackson, passed away at Henry Ford Allegiance Health on Thursday, January 6, 2022.  Joyce was born at Adrian, MI on June 17, 1932, the daughter of Virgil Bruce and Malena (Harris) Tipton.  On April 5, 1958, she married Richard G. Ruppel and he preceded her in death in 2008.

Joyce is survived by three children, Peggy Ruppel of Maryland, Sherri Ruppel of Illinois and Douglas (Gail) Ruppel of Texas; beloved granddaughter, Anneliese Ruppel and three bonus grandchildren, Daniel, Adam and Rachelle Trafton.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Grover Tipton.

For 37 years, Joyce was a teacher with the Napoleon Community Schools, retiring in 1994.  She was a long-time member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and was active in the United Methodist Women’s group.  She spent many hours, along with Richard, volunteering at Foote Hospital and was active in the Foote Hospital Auxiliary.

Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be interred next to Richard in a private ceremony at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI.  A memorial celebration to honor Joyce’s life is tentatively planned to be held closer to what would have been her 90th birthday in June 2022 at the Napoleon Lions Park in Napoleon.  Details will be announced as the gathering date nears.  The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Calvary United Methodist Church or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). 

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Family to do services at later date


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