Died Tuesday, February 3, 2016, at his residence in Fremont, NE. Rupert was born May 19, 1927, in Arlington, NE, to Amelia (Gnuse) and Louis Dunklau. He was baptized on May 29, 1927 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Arlington. He attended school at St. Paul's and was confirmed on May 11, 1941. His confirmation verse was Titus 2:11. Rupert graduated from Arlington High School and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. In 1950 he was employed by Valmont, retiring as the Executive Vice President/Director in 1973.
Rupert married Ruth (Eggert) on June 4, 1950, in Fremont. She died in November 1998. In September of 2000, he married Ruth King in Fremont.
He was a member, elder, and past president of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont.
Rupert was active in the Fremont community and beyond; he held many offices in organizations such as First National Bank, Fremont Area Medical Center, Midland University, Valparaiso University, Lutheran Family Services, many positions in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Dakota Boys Ranch, and others. He also held honorary Doctorates from Midland Lutheran College, Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Valparaiso University. He also served as the president of the Rupert Dunklau Foundation.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ewald, Martin, and Harold; sisters, Ruth Harrie and Ada Seidler. Survivors include his loving wife Ruth; son Paul (Diana) Dunklau of Denton, TX; daughter Janet (Jack) Love of Elkhorn, NE; grandchildren, Kiersten, Caroline and Bridget Dunklau, Brendan and Brody Love, and Amanda, Devin, and Tate Servis; great-grandson Noah Gillespie; stepsons, David (Mary) Rose and Lon (Michelle) Rose; stepgrandson Steven Rose; brothers-in-law, Paul Woodrum and Rick Eggert; many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to: Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska; Trinity Lutheran Church and School of Fremont, Nebraska; Fremont Health Foundation; Midland University. A VISITATION will be held from 4-8 pm on Monday, February 8, 2016 at Dugan Funeral Chapel. Family will be present from 6-8 pm. FUNERAL SERVICES will take place at 10:30 am Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont.
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