Ronald J Rupe, of Holiday Island, Arkansas was born May 10, 1938 in Los Angeles, California to William Madison and Susan Mary (Bunning) Rupe, departed this life Wednesday, November13, 2019 in Eureka Springs at the age of 81.
Ron loved cars and got a new car regularly. He especially loved his 1958 yellow hard top Ford T-Bird. He fondly remembered his days in the cockpit of an airplane working as a navigator, in both cargo planes for the military and then commercial planes for a few years. He was a people person who enjoyed chatting and getting mochas with his friends. He was born in Los Angeles and was raised by his adopted parents, Susan and William Rupe. He spent several years living in a little town called Fallbrook, on an avocado farm. He lived and raised a family in San Diego County until he moved to Arkansas in 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Jenny (Yan) Rupe of Holiday Island, Arkansas; daughter Pamela Grooms and Charles of San Marcos, California; sons Jeffery Dias and Tammy of Vista, California, Brian Rupe and Sunshine of Maple Valley, Washington; five grandchildren Chloe Grooms, Jeffery Dias Jr, Jared Dias, Jackson Rupe, Sullivan Rupe, and Tucker Rupe; and many close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial service will be 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Calvary Chapel in Eureka Springs. Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Chapel, memo: Berean Coffee Shop, 150 Passion Play Road, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 or American Cancer Society, c/o Anstaff Bank, Attn: Tiffany Ball, PO Box 272, Berryville, AR 72616. Cremation arragements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.