Jerry L. Rupe passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on June 25, 2022. Born January 28, 1951 he was the oldest of three boys born to Claron (Bud) and late Betty Rupe. He is survived by his loving wife Cindy, they had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17th. Together they had two daughters; Brooke (Preston) Edwards and Brandi (Ryan) Smith. He was an extremely proud Papa of his four grandchildren; Tanner & Braden Edwards and Emma & Lane Smith. Further survived by brothers Chuck (Christine) Rupe, Trent (Roxie) Rupe as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends (you know who you are).
Jerry had an early passion for flight and earned his pilot license in the 70’s. From a very young age up until his death, he was known for the immaculate model airplanes he designed and built. Jerry was also an avid gun collector and gunsmith. The man could tell you everything you wanted to know (or didn’t want to know) about both planes and guns.
One of his proudest accomplishments was riding his motorcycle from Colorado to Alaska twice in the early 80’s. In 1983, he lived out his childhood dream of moving to Alaska where he and his family lived for 4 years. During his time there, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working (sheet metal) in many remote locations. He told the best stories about the villages and the people he met while working in the Alaskan Bush.
We’re certain he is up there smelling of fresh Brute with his late beloved dogs; Luke, Jimmy, Max and Max II by his side, drinking a Coca-Cola or cup of coffee and munching on Enstrom’s Toffee. All the while precisely planning his next hunting expedition from a cabin and living the “Grizz” life. Or, he might be giving someone a lesson in truth with a heavy note of sarcasm with his head cocked, rolling his eyes behind darkened glasses.
As stubborn and gruff as he could most often be, he had an outstanding compassion for people, especially those who were less fortunate. In lieu of flowers or donations, simply do a kind deed for a stranger, he would absolutely love that.
For such a longwinded story teller, this seems like such a short and inadequate summary of his life. His wisdom, sarcasm, laughter and stories will be dearly missed. If you’re wondering how he is, he’s “Just Dandy”.
“Carve your names on hearts, not tombstones, a legacy is etched into minds of others and the stories they share about you.” – Shannon L. Alder
Please join us for a
Celebration of Life and Memorial Shoot
In loving memory of
Saturday, October 1, 2022 1-5 PM
Cameo Shooting Complex Long Range Precision Range
We will be gathering to share some of our favorite memories and stories while doing some long range shooting. This is an open house, so feel free to come when you like and stay as long as you wish. Bring your favorite rifle if you would like to shoot and come hungry, there will be plenty of food. Pocket t’s, flannels and jeans will be considered appropriate wear for this final send off.