David W. Rupp, 79, a lifelong resident of the Second Ward, died at his home with his family on February 23, 2016, under the care of St. Luke’s Hospice.
David was born on November 23, 1936, the son of John C. Rupp Sr. and Elizabeth (Betty) Rupp. They preceded him in death along with a brother, Johnny.
David married Sharon Peery on August 3, 1965 at St. Columban’s Catholic Church in Chillicothe. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, Mark Rupp, of Kansas City and a sister Marjorie.
David attended St. Columban’s Grade School, St. Joseph’s Academy, Maur Hill High School and St. Benedict’s College.
Following his college studies, David Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was assigned to the 366th Fighter-Bomber Wing at England Air Force Base, Louisiana. He later transferred to the 834th Air Division. His final assignment was to the Strategic Air Command, Eighth Air Force, Sonder Stromfjord Air Force Base, Greenland. His unit was tasked with flying C-130’s to transport troops, supplies and equipment to radar sites on the polar Ice Cap during construction of the Distant Early Warning Line.
Upon completion of his military obligation, David joined the family oil business which covered most of Northern Missouri. He later began his own business, constructing the first convenience store in Chillicothe, along with a car wash and an ice plant. At his business location in Chillicothe, he erected what was, at the time, the tallest flagpole in Missouri.
David was a Red Cross Lifeguard, charter member of Elks Lodge 656, member of the 8th Air Force Association, associate member of the USS Burton Island Association, life member of the Disabled American Veterans, supporter of the Patriot Guard Riders, and was a member of American legion Post #25 in Chillicothe. For his work with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society David was named an Admiral by former Nebraska Governor Bob Kerrey.
After retirement, David and Sharon traveled extensively, taking many trips to Europe and well as Traveling throughout the United States and Canada in their motor home. In addition to travel and military history, David enjoyed model trains, collecting and displaying Christmas Nativities, supporting the activities of Boy Scout Troop 121 and distributing aluminum crosses throughout the world.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Columban’s Catholic Church on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 12:00 noon. The Rev. Vincent Rogers will officiate. A Parish Rosary will be said on Sunday, February 28, at 6:00 pm at the Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe with family visitation to follow. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 121 and left at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, MO.