Frank M. Rupe
WARREN — Frank Martin “Bud” Rupe, 86, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 12, 1930, in Cortland, a son of the late Frederick and Mildred May Rupe.
He was a 1948 graduate of Cortland High School, where he enjoyed competing in basketball, baseball and track and field.
Frank married the love of his life, Doris Crouch, in 1950, and they recently celebrated 66 years of marriage.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, which he joined in March 1951. He was stationed in Fort Knox, Ky., where he served as an instructor for tank mechanics. After his service in the Army, he worked as a burner for three decades for Wean Manufacturing in Warren.
He very much enjoyed farming, and after his retirement from Wean, he became a full-time farmer, raising beef cattle, grain crops and making maple syrup. He also very much enjoyed bowling, playing softball and basketball in Warren area recreation leagues. A special memory the family always will cherish was gathering around the table in prayer, where Frank would recognize his blessings of a large family and having them together.
Bud’s warm smile and kind spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He leaves four children, Terri (Jerry) Rupe Conley of Alaska, Sandi (Tom) Rupe Griffin, Ted (Michelle) Rupe and Chris (Elaine) Rupe; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. His sister, Barbara (Bill) Rupe Cole, also survives.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Barry Brian Rupe.
A service including military honors will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren. Friends may call 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greene. A brief service for family will be held in the cemetery at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, prior to burial, followed by a lunch at Mecca Community Church at noon.
The family requests that material contributions be made to a charity of your choice in his memory.