Steve R. Rumpff, 66, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2022 at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice, surrounded by his family.
Steve was born Jan. 10, 1956 in Kiel to Lloyd and Darlean (Spindler) Rumpff. He graduated from Kiel High School in 1974. On Oct. 23, 1976 he married his high school sweetheart Ruthie Reese at First Presbyterian Church in Kiel. Steve worked in a variety of manufacturing companies and made lifelong friends along the way. In 2019 he retired from Sargento and was looking forward to spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
One of the most important things to Steve was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, who he loved with his whole heart and would bend over backwards to make them smile or laugh. Steve was the kind of person who would drop everything he was doing to go help his kids, drive to another state for crab legs, go to the casino in the middle of the night when he had a lucky feeling or even come over and clip a hangnail off his grandchildren’s finger.
He was loved by so many people and even in his short life he touched so many lives. Those around him were the lucky ones to have known him. Besides family time, his second passion was traveling on his Harley Davidson and being a lifetime member of HOG. They—Steve and Ruthie—also loved to travel throughout the United States from Maine to Washington up to Alaska and many wonderful places in between. It didn’t matter if it was on their Harley or in the car.
One of their favorite trips was to South Dakota on their Harley with their daughters in the sidecar. Steve and Ruthie also enjoyed taking cruises together to different parts of the world and making new friends along the way. He looked forward to taking a yearly trip to Las Vegas with his family where he loved playing Blackjack until the wee hours of the morning, cracking jokes and enjoying every moment he spent with family.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Ruthie, he is survived by two daughters: Rachel (Aaron) Suttner and Caryn (Dan) Bruckschen; his grandchildren Aubree, Paisley, Keatyn and Mavryk; his brothers and sister Tim (Deb) Rumpff, Kerry (Sharon) Rumpff and Bonnie (Pat) Hoban; and his sister–in-law Linda (Kevin) Smith-Hammond. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Steve was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law Lucille and Ervin Reese; as well as aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
Funeral services for Steve will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ (11608 Lax Chapel Road, Kiel) with Randy Koppenhaver officiating. The family will greet family and friends on Sunday at the church from 12:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Private family burial will be at Kiel City Cemetery at a later date. Please visit www.meiselwitzfh.com to leave online condolences.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Steve’s name to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, University of Wisconsin Madison Carbone Cancer Center for everything they did.