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Walter Rueger

March 1, 1926 — May 5, 2020

Walter Rueger, age 94, of Ripon, WI, was called to Christ's kingdom of glory on May 5, 2020 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, WI.

Walter was born in Unterheimbach, Germany on March 1, 1926. He was the eldest son of Otto and Marie Rueger. He served his country in the Army at the end of WWII as a member of the military police and as an interpreter/driver. Walter married Dorothy Malotky on July 31, 1948. They lived in Palatine, IL and later in Ripon and were blessed with 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Walter helped found the Ripon Archery Club and had an archery shop for many years. He was President of the National Field Archery Association in the late 1990's. He was also an avid Ham Radio operator and woodworker. More importantly, Walter was a devoted member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ripon and one of its founding members. He held numerous church offices throughout the years. He was a faithful and loving husband who provided well for his family and a good father who taught his children about the saving love of Jesus. Walter met death as a child of Christ, trusting Jesus as his sole hope of eternal life and as the one who will give him the resurrection of his flesh.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Dianne (Tom) Moellering of Winterhaven, IN and Chris (Horst) Rentmeister of Ripon, WI; two sons, Timothy (Sandi) Rueger of Colombia City, IN and Reverend Matthew (Dana) Rueger of Hubbard, IA; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Otto (Linda) Rueger of Tuscon, AZ.

A private family funeral service for Walter will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Ripon, with Reverend Bryan Fritsch officiating. You may view a live stream of the funeral service at 10:30 am on Friday, May 8, 2020 by visiting Messiah Lutheran Church's Facebook page, Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ripon. Memorials in Walter's name may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church, 500 Mayparty Dr., Ripon, WI 54971.

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