Lowell "Sie" Rupp, 1931-2021
Last updated 2/25/2021 at 3:57pm
Lowell E. "Sie" Rupp, 90, of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 at the Winter Haven Hospital.
He was born February 5, 1931 in Wauseon, OH to the late Sylvan and Pearl Rupp. He married Jueldine F. Nofziger in 1953. They celebrated their 67th year of marriage last October and she survives him.
Sie and Julie had 3 children, Rick Rupp (Lisa) of Winter Haven, FL, Russ Rupp (Rita) of Westminster, CO, and Patricia Stringer (Matt) of Archbold, OH.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Dustin Rupp, Brett Rupp (Anissa), Dillon Rupp and Connor Rupp, sons of Rick; Jason Rupp (Danielle), Landon Rupp, Jenae Manning (Nathan), children of Russ; and Cole Stringer, Brandon Fry (Jenale) and Gabriel Stringer, sons of Patricia; and ten great-grandchildren. Sie is also survived by sisters, Marcile Nofziger of Archbold, OH and Margaret (Carl) Smeltzer of Harrisonburg, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Melva (Doyle) Short, Betty (Clifford) Liechty, Bernice (Ward) Hartzell, infant sister Janice, brother Roger (Peggy) , brother-in-laws, Doyle Short, Cliff Liechty and Merrill Nofziger, and great grandson Rousch Denver Fry.
Sie graduated from Pettisville High School in 1949. He married Jueldine in 1953 and after two years in 1W service in Fremont, OH, moved to a farm northeast of Archbold, OH in 1956. In addition to farming, he was seasonally employed as a silo builder with Nofziger Silo Company. In 1963 Sie and Julie bought Northwest Ohio Silo and soon after moved the business to Pettisville, OH. In the 70s the company built approximately 100 stave silos and 80 concrete silos per year in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. During this time, they also operated farms in Michigan and Ohio.
In 1978, SR Ranch near Lake Wales was purchased. They lived in a home on the property for 8 months a year for the last 30 years and spent 4 months a year in Archbold, OH. He was an active member of West Clinton Mennonite Church in Ohio and South Lake Wales Church of God in Florida.
Those who have known Sie can appreciate that he was a very hard worker and was determined to succeed at whatever task he was called to do. He had a unique way of working with others, validating their worth while respecting each of their abilities and talents. Sie was generous with his time and resources. He volunteered for 10 years at Lake Wales Care Center.
No local service is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lake Wales Care Center, 140 E. Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853; South Lake Wales Church of God - Building Fund, 201 Presidents Drive, Lake Wales, FL 33859; West Clinton Mennonite Church —Educational Grant Fund, 18029 Co. Rd. C, Wauseon OH 43567; or Fairlawn Haven, 407 E. Lutz Road, Archbold, OH 43567.