Gary Wayne Roppel, 71, of Wellsville, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 at his home in rural Wellsville.
Mr. Roppel was born February 5, 1949 in Mexico, Missouri, a son of Edward William and Mary Elizabeth (Dungan) Roppel.
He was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School. Gary continued his education at University of Missouri – Kansas City for 4 years.
Gary lived in Dallas, Texas for 10 years and worked out of the World Trade Center, which included a lot of travel. In 1981, he moved back to Wellsville to help his dad on the farm. Gary was the 4th generation in the family to be part of the farm.
He was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, where he held various positions. Gary was also a part of the original Prairie Life Historical Society (Reed House), serving as President from the beginning. He was a member of Wellsville-Middletown Young Farmers and held several different positions. Gary was the former President of Wellsville Public Building Organization (Post Office Building) and former President of the Wellsville Cemetery Trust Association.
Gary held a special place in the hearts of his family, being loved by all of them. He enjoyed visiting and drinking coffee with his friends for many years at Pee Wee’s and later at Arens.
Gary is survived by his Blaue and Dungan cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward “Buddy” and Mary Dungan Roppel; 2nd mother, Betty Jo (Howard) Roppel; brother, Danny Bruce Roppel; paternal grandparents, Annie and Fred Roppel and maternal grandparents, Jim and Ella Dungan.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Wellsville United Methodist-Presbyterian Church. Rev. Paul Catterton officiated. Serving as organist was Eldora Lowry.
Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service, Monday, at the church.
Burial was in the Wellsville Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Pat Arens, Will Blaue, Jerry Brineger, Richard Ham, Hugh Lehnen and Bruce Noble. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Dungan, Dennis Lehnen and Carl Oligschlaeger.
Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Memorial contributions were suggested to the Wellsville United Methodist-Presbyterian Church or the Reed House c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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