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Deloras M. Ruplinger

July 15, 1926 — May 21, 2023


Deloras M. Ruplinger

Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Deloras M. Ruplinger, 96, of Davenport will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2023 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Davenport. The Mass will be live-streamed by clicking the following link: St Anthony YouTube  Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.  Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home with a time of sharing at 6 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Church for Masses to be offered for the deceased members of the Ruplinger family.


Deloras died Sunday, May 21, 2023 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House surrounded by family.


Deloras M. Kraklio was born on July 15, 1926 on the family farm in rural Scott County, one of twelve children born to Earl and Amanda (Klindt) Kraklio.  She was united in marriage to Norman Ruplinger on August 2, 1947 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport.  In 1997, the couple renewed their marriage vows with their children and their families and friends at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, a sacred, memorable occasion. Norman preceded her in death on May 10, 1999.


Deloras graduated from Wilton Community School and earned a teaching degree from the former Iowa State Teacher’s College, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She also studied at Marycrest College and St. Ambrose College.  Deloras taught in the Muscatine, Blue Grass, and Davenport Community School Districts.  She retired in 1988 from the Math Department at Bettendorf Middle School.  In her retirement, she enjoyed the time she was able to spend with her family and friends which she dearly loved.


During her lifetime, Deloras kept a daily journal as a record of her family’s history, documenting her children and grandchildren’s greatest achievements from toddlers to adulthood.  Their remembrances include spending two weeks yearly from infants to adults camping and fishing in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and Canada watching bears search for food at the dump!  Deloras and Norman enjoyed traveling, especially riding the railroad across Canada and a seven-day cruise aboard the “Majesty of the Seas”, a trip given to them by their children on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.


Those left to cherish Deloras’ memory are her children: Dale (Linda) Ruplinger, Bettendorf, Steve (Nam) Ruplinger, Jacksonville, Florida, Dan (Cindy) Ruplinger, Coal Valley, and Jerry (Gigi) Ruplinger, Bettendorf; many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings: Gary (Kaye) Kraklio and Sharon Grunder; sisters-in-law, Sandy and Joan Kraklio, and many nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Carol DiLello and Mary Hunt, son-in-law, Willie Hunt, siblings: Eleanor Arp Moeller (Edwin and Harold), Ruth (Melvin)Paustian, Marion (Willis) Kappeler, Phyllis (William) Kappeler, Patricia Kraklio, Jacqueline (Ralph) Telsrow, Earl Kraklio, Kenneth (Jean) Kraklio, and Darius Kraklio, and a brother-in-law, Jim Grunder.  May they rest in peace.

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Past Services


Thursday, May 25, 2023

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home

614 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52803

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Friday, May 26, 2023

10:00 - 10:45 am (Central time)

St. Anthony's Catholic Church

417 N Main St, Davenport, IA 52801

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