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Steven Ruppel

Steven Carter Ruppel, 48, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

He was born April 21, 1973, in West Berlin, Germany, to Steven Earl Ruppel and Deborah Wamser Ruppel.

Steven was a 1991 graduate of Jackson High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University. He was active in the River City Players before relocating to Chicago to pursue a career as a stage actor. Steve was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Old Town Chicago before returning to the Cape Girardeau area.

Survivors include his mother, Deborah Lange of Farmington; father, Steven Earl (Jane) Ruppel of Onalaska, WI; wife, Lisa K. Lange of Cape Girardeau; mother and father in-law, Vickie and Bill Griffin of Chaffee; sister-in-law, Kara (Eric) Seyer of Chaffee; nieces, Karlee and Kaycee Mae; nephew, Luke; aunts and uncles, George and Rosella Wamser of Belleville and Al and Mary Wamser of Plant City, FL; cousins, Greg and Chuck Hahn of Houston, TX, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Al and Fern Wamser of Fredericktown; paternal grandparents, Walter and Rose Ruppel of Webster Groves.

Visitation was Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel. Funeral Mass was Friday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s with Father Allan Saunders officiating.

Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the American Liver Foundation, PO Box 299, West Orange, NJ 07052.

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Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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