Brian Keith Ruppert

March 20, 1960 - June 20, 2022

Ruppert 3Brian was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 20,1960, where he lived with his parents Robert Ruppert and Barbara (Pfeiffer) Ruppert, 2 older sisters Susan and Kathleen and 2 younger brothers Martin and Paul. In 1967, the family moved to Wheaton, Illinois where Brian attended Glenbard South High School in nearby Glen Ellen, Illinois. He later worked for Prince Castle Industries for almost 30 years, which is where he met his wife Amy Sue (Griseto) Ruppert. Brian and Amy thereafter married and purchased a home along the Fox River in Batavia and lived there for 30 years at which time they were divorced. They did not have any children, but they raised 4 Greater Swiss Mountain Show Dogs named: Shiloh, Nola, Mardi, and Poppy, all very near and dear to their hearts.
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Brian loved the Batavia area and continued as a resident thereafter on Morton Street. Brian started a business called, “The Bearded Handyman,” and he did professional handyman jobs for friends, neighbors, and businesses in the community. He was well known as, “Brian the Bearded Handyman, the Chief Honey-do-ologist.” Click here

The Kane County Chronicle featured a local FaceTime article on Brian in 2010 along with pictures of his dogs. To see FaceTime with Brian Ruppert click here.

You might ask: Was there ever a time he was clean shaven? The answer is Yes! In 1984, for the funeral of his maternal grandmother, Marie Pfeiffer, of Wheaton, Illinois, who died at age 88. Brian said,” Grandma never liked my beard, so in respect to her, I shaved.” That being said, we don’t believe he ever shaved again and for that reason he was fully bearded at the time of his death.

Ruppert 1Brian was liked and loved by all.  Even in early acquaintances he was quickly accepted. He was a friendly “critter” to all and treated everyone with respect. He was a hard worker, always willing to lend a hand.

Brian died suddenly at age 62 at home one evening after working a full day. It is our hope and belief that he went to meet our God in Heaven.

The family wants to arrange for a celebration of Brian’s life at Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia. The details will be announced here when the plans are made. Brian’s cremains will be interned in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in River Forest Illinois, with other family loved ones.  

Brian’s immediate family in Arizona and Washington State thank all who knew Brian and treated him with respect. May he rest in the Peace of the Lord until the day of final Judgement. 

Donations, in memory of Brian can be directed to Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 South Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510 / 630-879-3378. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11 A.M. at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 222 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL  60510.  A church sponsored lunch will immediately follow the service.

A private interment of cremains will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in River Grove, IL. 

Guest Book

  • Howard Olsen I am so thankful that Brian and Ellie found each other at a time which they needed each other's support. And I'm also thankful for Brian being with her when she passed. I'm sorry for our loss and only wish that I could have been with him holding his hand as he passed on. I'm sure he and Ellie are together smiling down on us and mabe slamming a door somewhere.
  • Dave Decker So sad to hear that a dear good friend of mine and ex roommate is gone. Brian and I got to spend a lot of time together in our wilder youth and had alot of shenanigans. Too many stories to tell. Brian was always willing to give and ask for nothing in return. My love is with you brother. You will be missed.
  • Bill Glowienke Brian was a rare and exceptional guy. We were cousins who grew up to become close friends. He was Uncle Brian to my kids and a great big warm hug to my wife Stephanie. We shared more outdoor adventures than I can remember. I will miss him more than words can say, and when all the chores were done, we would retire to a conversation and lose track of time.
  • Dan Thompson Brian was a great friend to our entire familly for many years! He was always there to lend a hand and help in a situation. He was one of the hardest working people that I have ever met. Although I didn't see him often over the last few years, he will be missed and i'm sure he's doing some more "handywork" for the good on the other side. My thoughts go out to his family members and all those who loved him!
  • Annette Lindstrom Brian did many jobs for me in my home. He was my handyman. He'd work a 12 hour day and still come to my home to work. I appreciated him so much. He became a good friend and we would talk and laugh about numerous things. Brian had a heart of gold. I will miss him. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU BRIAN. 🙏 😢
  • Rosary Devereux-Horne Brian was such a kind soul with an enormous heart. He came to many Devereux family events with Kathy, Mike and the girls and joined in as part of our family. He entered with a huge smile and had nothing but kindness for everyone he met! Rest In Peace, Brian. You will be missed by many.
  • Martin Ruppert To the guy who asked of nothing for himself and gave his all for everyone he met, I give my Brother my undying love and respect! Rest easy Brian Ruppert!