RUPLENAS Robert ”Bob”, 99 years of age, of Braintree, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2014 at the Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham. Robert was the son of Lithuanian immigrants John and Dorothy Ruplenas and grew up in South Boston. He became involved with electronics in the early days of radio, and it became both his vocation and avocation. He received his Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the Lowell Tech Night School. He was one of the first employees of the General Radio Company, later called Genrad, a pioneer in the manufacturing of audio and electronic test equipment. He worked for the company for 39 years. A lifelong ham radio amateur, call sign W1DDO, Bob worked thousand of contacts worldwide. He was still operating his radio equipment at the age of 98. He was an avid gardener who raised prize winning gladiolas and took pride in growing peas, beans, carrots, strawberries, lettuce, radishes, and tomatoes in his garden in Dorchester. Bob was married for 64 years to the late Bertha Ruplenas. He was the brother of Peter Ruplenas, the late Mildred Adams, and the late John Ruplenas. He is survived by his children Dorothy Ryan, wife of the late David Ryan of Manchester, MA, and Robert Ruplenas, married to Carol of Hanover. Bob is survived by his grandchildren Elizabeth Ryan, Sarah Weiss, and Gary Ruplenas. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Olivia and Calvin Weiss. Bob was father of the late Walter Dale Ruplenas. Visiting hours will be held at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, 516 Washington Street, BRAINTREE on Thursday, June 19th from 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 20th at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Boston. Bob always had a special place in his heart for veterans, so in lieu of flowers donation may be made to the USO, United Service Organizations, Inc., 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22201. For more info see www.peckservices.com
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Published in Boston Herald on June 17, 2014