Ardis Mae Ruppert, 85, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord. She was born March 3, 1932 in a sod house in Frontier County to Wayne and Fern Wolgamott.

Ardis Ruppert

She was united in marriage to Dale E Ruppert on Dec. 26, 1948 in McCook.

The couple lived in McCook and moved to Falls City where Dale drove truck for Herman Brothers Transport until becoming a member of the Falls City Police Department. After Dale became a member of the Nebraska State Patrol they were stationed in Fremont, Lyons, and Oakland.

After Dale’s death in 1980, Ardis moved to Curtis. She worked for Campbell’s Soup Company, worked as a waitress and later as a veterinary assistant. When she moved to Curtis, Ardis worked at a commercial greenhouse, as a dorm mother at the Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture and at the Curtis senior center.

Ardis was a loyal member of the Rebekahs serving in all offices including President of the Assembly of Nebraska. She also served the Curtis community for many years as an EMT on the rescue squad.

She loved spending time with family on any occasion but especially on holidays, camping trips and birthdays. These occasions would not be complete without a rousing game of pinochle, cribbage, pitch or yahtzee.

Ardis is survived by her sons, Wayne “Rusty” (Teresa) of Taylor, Colin “Lucky” (Debbie) of Papillion, Shawn “Buzz” (Linda) of Lincoln; daughter, Sheryl “Chickie” (Dwayne) Bruinswick of McCook; sister, Phyllis Scott of McCook; brother, Roy (Carolyn) Wolgamott of Lincoln; 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; sister, Norma Jean Yeager; brother-in-law, Harold Yeager; brother, Ray Wolgamott; mother-in-law, Ina Taylor; and father-in-law, Lial Taylor.

Funeral service was at the First Methodist Church in Curtis on March 3 with internment following at the Curtis Cemetery with a Rebekah Lodge Rites Ceremony. Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to Frontier County Ambulance Service. Online condolences may be left for the family at