Jerome “Jerry” R. Rumpel


Jerome “Jerry” R. Rumpel, 89, of Arcadia, died Thursday, August 24, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his family, under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

Jerry was born on the home farm outside of Arcadia, May 13, 1934, to John Sr. and Mary (Filla) Rumpel. He was united in marriage, May 26, 1962, to Cleo Litscher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fountain City. Aside from his family, dairy farming was everything to Jerry. He loved the farm and the farm life. He was a member of the Wisconsin Dairies Co-Op and Buffalo County Farm Bureau. After retiring from farming, Jerry enjoyed helping out and staying busy with Northern Investments Auctions, hauling cars for Arcadia Motors and doing parts runs for NAPA Auto Parts. He loved to hunt and fish and looked forward to taking a trip every summer to see somewhere new. Jerry was a previous member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, a current member of Holy Family Parish and served with the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Cleo, of Arcadia; daughters: Laurie (Scott) Halama of Independence, Nancy (Bruce) Lettner of Trempealeau, and Kathy (Jeff) Vander Meer of DeForest; grandchildren: Sheila (Jordan) Putz, Kaylyn (Ben) Klug, Alex (Caity) Lettner, Kyle (Rachel) Lettner, Brian (Ananda) Lettner, Austin (Beth) Halama and Matthew Vander Meer; great-granchildren: Rayna, Hadley and Laikyn Putz, Evelyn Lettner, Freya and Liam Halama, Beau and Vance Klug; sister-in-law, Janice Rumpel; Leonard & Carol Litscher; Noreen & Roger Haines; Marcel & Carol Litscher and Wanda Putz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Lisa & Becky Rumpel; siblings: Raymond (Monica) Rumpel, Albert Rumpel, Molly (Raymond) Skroch, Joseph (Esther) Rumpel, Thecla (Franklin) Foegen, Monica (Edward) Schank, Ernest (Rita) Rumpel, Margaret (Edwin) Wicka, Bernadine (Gaylord) Frie, Marian (Robert) Wicka, John Rumpel and Bernard, Agnus & Theresa in infancy; and in-laws: Marvin (Diane) Litscher and Robert Putz.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Holy Family Parish. Father Kyle Laylan officiated. Family and friends are welcome for visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, rural Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry’s honor may be designated to Holy Family Parish or Calvary Cemetery, Arcadia. To express condolences to his family online, please visit

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