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Allen Lee Rupp, 71, of Bowling Green, passed away peacefully in the company of family on April 3, 2013, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Allen was born on August 12, 1941, in Wauseon, to the late Claude and Helen (Wyse) Rupp. He was a 1959 graduate of Pettisville High School, attended BGSU from 1959-61, and graduated from Ohio State in 1966 in Civil Engineering.
Allen was a professional brick mason who began working with his father at age 10. After college, from 1967-2010 he worked for the State of Ohio; 1967-1972 in the Department of Health, and 1972-2010 at the Environmental Protection Agency. He was a licensed operator of sewage plants (Class 3) and a member of the Water Environment Federation, the 5S Society, the American Water Works Association, and the Civil Engineering Alumni of Ohio State University.
Allen married Kathryn "Kathy" Suydam on June 21, 1970, and she survives. He is also survived by three children, Ryan (Sara Lawhon) of Mount Vernon, Emily of Cary, North Carolina, Neil of Columbus, and five grandchildren, Erin, Seth, Gina, Pete, and Adam. He is also survived by sisters, Claudette Snyder-Dion and Loretta Brannan, and a brother Jerry.
Allen was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in Bowling Green. He was active in the life of the church as a Deacon, Chair of the House Committee, and manager of the Basketball and Softball Teams. He was a member of the Ohio State University Alumni Association, and active in the Wood County Ohio State Alumni.
Allen was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and BGSU Men's and Women's Basketball.
He enjoyed time at Devil's Lake, photography, gardening, fixing things, helping others and being with family.
Visitation for Allen will be held Friday, April 5, 2013 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the DECK-HANNEMAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 1460 W. Wooster Street/P.O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio, Tele: 419-352-2171. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00am, at First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green. Burial will follow at 4 PM in the Pettisville Cemetery, Pettisville, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, OH, 43402, or to Water For People, 6666 W. Quincy Ave., Denver, CO, 80235, www.waterforpeople.org
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Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 5, 2013