In Memory of Terry A. Rupert

Terry A.  Rupert
Terry A. Rupert
Born: April 21, 1937
Died: June 16, 2021
Age: 84
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Terry A. Rupert
April 21, 1937 - June 16, 2021
From: Ida Grove, IA

Terry A. Rupert, age 84, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at the Shady Oaks Care Center of Lake City, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Luann Benge will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m., on Friday, July 9, 2021, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

    Terry Arthur Rupert was born on April 21, 1937, in Logan Township, Ida County, Iowa, the son of Clifford and Imogen (Walker) Rupert. He was very active in school activities especially football and FFA. He enjoyed showing cattle as a Logan Hotshot at the county fair.

    Terry attended country school through sixth grade and then graduated from Ida Grove High School where he was chosen as homecoming king in 1955. After graduation he stayed on the farm to help his mom with the farming.

    On October 2, 1960, he married Janice Ann Leonard in the Holstein United Methodist Church. With the sale of the family farm in 1963, he and Jan moved to Ida Grove, Iowa, where he held many jobs. Terry managed Cropmate Fertilizer before purchasing his own business, Rupert Oil. After the sale of Rupert Oil, he became bus superintendent for the Battle Creek-Ida Grove CSD and drove for many sporting events. His most recent employment was for Gomaco as a driver.

    Terry was a member of the Alpine Masonic Lodge No. 471 A.F. & A.M. of Holstein, Iowa. He was also a member of the Sioux City Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A, Abu Beker Shrine Temple Sioux City, and in his youth the Army National Guard. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove. Terry had many hobbies which included golfing with Jan and friends, volunteering for the Ida Grove Fire Department, and playing Santa Claus for the kids during the holidays.

    Left to cherish his memory include his two children Terri Ann (Mark) Grell of Las Vegas, NV and Todd Arthur (Susan) Rupert of Pahrump, NV; grandchildren: Aric, Alan (Bethany) and Ann Grell, A.J. (Lauren), Benjamin (Cassandra), Zachary, Dalton, Spenser and Blake Rupert; great-grandchildren: Piper Grell, Logan and Alexis Rupert; sister Judy (Everett) Wunschel of Arthur, IA; brother James (Della) Rupert of Lake View, IA; in-laws Judy (Don) Hansen, Sandra Leonard and Roger Schmidt. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Janice Rupert; his parents Clifford and Imogen Rupert; in-laws Luverne and Mildred Leonard; sister-in-law Carol Jean Schmidt; and brother-in-law Bud Leonard.

    A very special thank you to the Kindred Hospice of Carroll, IA and Shady Oaks of Lake City, IA, for their compassionate care over the last two years.



10:00 a.m., Saturday
July 10, 2021
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Luann Benge


Honorary Pallbearers
Aric Grell                 
Alan Grell      
Ann Grell
A.J. Rupert                       
Benjamin Rupert        
Zachary Rupert
Dalton Rupert
Spenser Rupert
Blake Rupert



4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
with 6:30 p.m., Masonic Service
Friday, July 9, 2021
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art"
"Amazing Grace"

Recorded Selection
"Memories" by Maroon 5


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“Todd, Terri Ann and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. I will always cherish the fond memories of growing up across the street from your family. God bless you and I hope you can find comfort knowing that Terry is with our Savior.”
- Kent Godbersen and family
Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 3:45 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Terry was a great man, Doug loved hanging out with him at school and has a lot of great memories of him. May god bless you with sweet memories, confit and peace. 🤗🙏❤️”
- Doug and Patty Wheeler
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 3:23 PM
“My sincere sympathy to Terry's family. he was a longtime friend from many years ago.”
- Ardyce Swenson
Monday, June 21, 2021 at 3:26 PM
“To the Rupert family sorry for your loss”
- Kenny & Anne Thornhill
Monday, June 21, 2021 at 3:26 PM
“Teri, I have fond memories of your dad when we were younger. I know you'll miss his wit, smile, and love. May your memories comfort you during this time. Prayers and hugs sent your way. ”
- Sandy NIssen
Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to the family of Terry Rupert. We enjoyed our time spent with Terry and Jan and loved listening to the stories they told. He can have peace and rest now and they can take the Lincoln for a ride in heaven. Roger and Karen Watson”
- Karen Watson
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 3:44 PM
“Todd so sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathies to you and your family.”
- Mari Baker Brady
Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:16 PM
“So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. I knew Terry and his family well when we were kids. Our parents ran around together and we had family get togethers with them and other friends. Terry was in our 4-H club and showed cattle with us. We had good times at the county fair. As he was a good friend of Grant and Mark, my brothers, we saw a lot of him. He was a fun loving friendly guy .My thoughts are with his family. ”
- Rhonda Joy McClintock
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“Thoughts and prayers.”
- Troy Kruse
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“Todd and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Scott & Karla Woolridge”
- Scott Woolridge
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“It saddens our hearts to hear of Terry's passing. A good man he was. Living next door to Terry and Jan for many years was heart warming. Terry faithfully mowed his yard weekly and took great pride in working for the school district as Head of Transportation and making sure everyone was safe. Terry always had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face. He had quite a talent for remembering people's names. Rest in peace Terry and blessings and sympathy to his family.”
- Mike & Patti Andrews
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“Hugs & prayers Terri & Todd. Many memories of your dad. He was a sweet man! 🙏🏻❤️”
- Kristi Drury
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 9:48 AM
“Terry was a wonderful neighbor back several years ago. Always a smile and good visits. Our prayers to all.”
- Robert & Marie Baker
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