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Gale Kenneth Raupers

July 11, 1942 ~ March 26, 2020

Gale K. Raupers, 77, of Ulster, Pa passed away peacefully at his winter home in Vero Beach, FL on March 26, surrounded by his family.  He was born to the late Charles J. Raupers and Margaret L. Raupers (Vallilee) on July 11, 1942 in Sayre, Pa.  He was a Mason by trade, whether stone, concrete, brick or block.  An entrepreneur, he owned many businesses over his lifetime, including GKR Masonry, Raupers PreCast Steps, and The Wagon Wheel Ranch.


Gale had many passions in life.  He was an avid golfer; he loved playing at the Towanda Country Club (PA) and Sebastian Municipal Golf Course (FL).  He enjoyed listening to classic country and gospel music.  He had a passion for animals, especially his horses (Sunny and Jesse) and dogs (Bomber and Bubba). He took great pride in his wagon wheel collection, spent much of his life volunteering for the Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Department, and in his youth, enjoyed playing softball, sponsoring teams with GKR Masonry. In his retirement, he found joy going to classic car shows, following politics, and being surrounded by his family; having ten grandchildren, there was always a sport to watch or award to celebrate.


He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Barbara, his children, Kenneth Raupers, Kimberly Kofke (Kyle), Rick Raupers, Shadoe McKee (Ian), and Tony Rockwell (Barbara), brothers Charles Raupers (Ann) and Joseph Raupers (Sylvia). Gale had ten grandchildren who meant the world to him: Nathan, Travis, Kenny, Macen, and Ariana (Kenneth), Gabrielle, Lilly, and Kyle Jr (Kimberly), Trinity (Shadoe), and Ryan (Tony).  He was blessed with two great-granddaughters – Kassidy (Nathan) and Nora Jane (Travis), and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Wayne Raupers (2002), and twin brother Gary Raupers (2018).


Memorial services will be held on a later date at Marriott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda, Pa.


Barbara (Courier) Smith

March 28, 2020, 9:15 pm

To Barbara and family,
Sincerely saddened to learn of the passing of Gale, and also just learned of his brother Gary’s passing; Both shocking! For those of you who don’t know (or remember me), I got to know all the family in the late 70’s & early 80’s while living in Vero Beach & visiting Ulster.
At this time, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to both families, and pray that God may grant you the strength to endure your recent losses.

Pastor Ed and Bev Rice

March 31, 2020, 11:23 am

I am Barbara Raupers little brother, and Beverly and I give our warmest condolences to Gale’s family in this time of separation. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” and Gale believed him. He said, “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life,” and Gale received him. When the psalmist said, “The LORD is my shepherd,” Gale knew him that way, so when Gale walked through the valley of the shadow of death, we heard him tell his Lord, “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.”
Before our Lord left he said, “I go to prepare a place for you… I will come again, and receive you unto myself.” Praise the Lord, He has a prepared place for a prepared people. Gale, we will see you in the morning.

Kathy Lynn Watkins

July 12, 2021, 10:11 am

Sorry to hear about your loss. Ulster memories are the best. God Bless you. Sincerely , Kathy Watkins

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