In Memory of James "Jim" A. Rupert

James "Jim" A. Rupert
James "Jim" A. Rupert
Born: January 3, 1945
Died: June 24, 2021
Age: 76
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James "Jim" A. Rupert
January 3, 1945 - June 24, 2021
From: Lake City, IA

James A. “Jim” Rupert, age 76, of Lake View, Iowa (formerly of Sioux City, Iowa) passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the Stewart Memorial Community Hospital of Lake City, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Luann Benge will officiate. A Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Committal Services will be at a later date.

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


James Alan “Jim” Rupert, the son of Clifford A. and L. Imogen (Walker) Rupert, was born on January 3, 1945, in Holstein, Iowa. Jim received his education at Ida Grove High School graduating with the class of 1963. He then attended Morningside College to pursue a business degree and get into shenanigans with his Delta Sigma Phi brothers. Jim was an exemplary athlete in many sports, but excelled at football. Some of his accolades included being named Little All-American, All-Conference, and Morningside’s Hall of Fame. He also played on the Minnesota Vikings Farm Club. 

On July 1, 1972, Jim was united in marriage to Della R. Kallsen in Luzerne, Iowa.  The couple was blessed with three children: Brad, Michelle, and Chad. The family made their home in Sioux City and enjoyed spending their summers in Lake View, Iowa, at their cabin on Black Hawk Lake. 

Jim had a lifelong career in sales.  He started out at Look magazine in Des Moines. He then moved back to Northwest Iowa with his wife. Jim worked at KCAU-TV 9 in Sioux City, Iowa for over 25 years. He then began his own business, Management Recruiters of Siouxland. Upon his retirement, Jim and Della moved to Lake View.

Jim was very active within the community. He was heavily involved in the River-Cade Association, serving many roles including President. He also served as an Ambassador for the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Abu Bekr Chanters and numerous other organizations. Singing was something near and dear to Jim. He could often be found singing for his family and friends. Jim was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved to talk, joke around, and tell stories with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Della Rupert of Lake View, IA; children Brad (Lisa) Rupert of Chaska, MN, Michelle Rupert of Ankeny, IA and Chad (Jenny) Rupert of Chicago, IL; grandchildren Brendan, Caelan, Eleanor, and Everett; sister Judy (Everett) Wunschel of Arthur, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Imogen Rupert and brother Terry (Jan) Rupert.


4:00 p.m., Saturday,
August 7, 2021
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Pastor Luann Benge


Honorary Pallbearers
Paul Alesch
Denny Dozark
Larry Hultgren
Dave Holub
Matt White
Lance Larson


Prior to the Service
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"The Borning Cry"
"In The Garden"


At A Later Date
Memorial Park Cemetery
Sioux City, Iowa


Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:52 PM
“To the Rupert family....

Paul and Anne Berger were my parents - we lived in Sioux City and attended Morningside Lutheran Church, which is where we would see Jim and Della on Sundays. While it's been years since then....I will always remember what a nice man Jim was (and Della a very nice lady). We always sat on the same side of the church (the side to the left of the altar when facing the altar) and would greet each other heartily upon seating ourselves.

My dad was a rather "portly" fellow who always joked about his extra weight, and whenever we would go to church he would say, "If Dennis Skokan, Jim Rupert, and I all show up today and sit on the same side.....the church will begin to list (aka lean) to the left!!!" LOL! We would all laugh - and deep down, I think Dennis and Jim both knew that my dad would joke about that. I think he may have even said it to both of them at least once - and they all laughed.

Anyway....I did not want Jim's death to go by without me sharing that little story. You may all be proud of the man that was your husband, dad, and friend. Jim was a good man, and maybe....just maybe - Jim, Dennis, and my dad are all up there is heaven sitting on the left side, and heaven is listing to the left!

May peace be with you, and may the wonderful memories you have of Jim give comfort to your heart and soul...
- Alison Berger-Lavine
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 9:31 AM
“Jim and Della were our next door neighbors at Blackhawk Lake. He was a friend of Janes growing up and became a good friend of mine when I moved to the lake some 50 years ago. Our kids were about the same age and spent many a day playing with each other.. Jim was my Fireworks companion on the 4th of July and would announce each firework and then race to safety on our dock. We always wondered if he would make it to shore before he fell in the lake much to the delight of our huge crowd. He will certainly be missed. Paul and Jane Alesch”
- Paul and Jane Alesch
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 9:31 AM
“My heartfelt condolences to Michelle and her family. Being friends with Michelle, I spent many weekends with her and her family at the cabin during our high school and college years. Jim and Della always made me feel like I was part of the family and I have so many great memories of Jim partaking in some of our card games, even teaching us a few himself. : ) What a wonderful person he was! I'm lucky to have known him and grateful that my husband and children got to meet him.

Leslie & Justin Ritchie
Cole, Jack, Tate & Natalie”
- Leslie Ritchie
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 9:31 AM
“Dear family of Jim. I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and friend. My husband, Bob and I knew Jim from college. Jim and Bob we’re fraternity brothers. Jim was an amazing man. I had the pleasure of being in choir with him. That voice… beautiful. Bob died in 2017. I’m sure they are celebrating with other Sig brothers, as only they know how. God be with all of you and grant you peace. Love always to Jim. Joy Kilstrom. ”
- Joy Kilstrom
Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 9:31 AM

We just lost a wonderful friend, a fraternity brother and a Morningside Chief. My sympathies to all of his family. I was so glad to know Rupie. He will never be replaced..

- Jim Hanthorne
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:29 AM
“We have a lot of fond memories made with Jim, Della, and their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim & his family. RIP Jim!!”
- Tom and Joan Ross
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:29 AM
“Jim is a long time friend...from childhood to singing in church choir and IGHS and then at Morningside. I always enjoyed his company. He will be missed. Our sympathy to his closest friends and family. ”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 3:04 PM
“Jim was a good friend to Morningside College where I worked. I also sang in the Chanters. Jim has a great voice. RIP Jim.”
- Fred Erbes
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 3:04 PM
“Della. So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim.
Jim was an outstanding Football player and teammate.
Yes. we did have some fun in the Fraternity.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your
family. Jim will be missed by many. Lee and Maxine Moran”
- Lee and Maxine Moran
Monday, June 28, 2021 at 3:19 PM
“Jim was a great guy and someone I looked up to as a freshman QB at Morningside when he was a senior. I have heard great stories about the storied life with his Delta Sig brothers. Rest in peace my friend!”
- W Patrick Murphy
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