PERRIS, Calif. — Buddy Paul Rupert, entered this life October 3rd, 1919 in Porkey, a small village in the Allegheny Mountains of Northwestern Pennsylvania to the late Otis & Elsie Rupert. He passed on to the Heavenly Kingdom August 17th, 2014 in Perris, California.
He served in the US Army for 4 years as a forward observer for Artillery in the 8th Infantry Division, 28th Regiment landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, in June 1944 and meeting the Russian Army at the Elbe River in Northeastern Germany in May 1945 when World War II in Europe ended.
He was awarded the Fourragère aux couleurs du ruban de la médaille militaire (a French Decoration for Bravery), A Bronze Star for Bravery in Germany, A European Theatre of Operations medal with 4 bronze stars, A Combat Infantryman's Badge and numerous other Medals and Citations.
He started his Pipeline career as a Telegraph Operator with Exxon Pipeline Co in South Texas in 1946 and retired as the Chief Crude Oil Scheduler for Buckeye Pipeline Company in Emmaus, PA in 1980.
Buddy was a simple man who enjoyed many of life's humble pleasures. He was an outdoors nature enthusiast who enjoyed fly fishing, casting a line in quiet waters was one his favorite ways to gather his thoughts. He also enjoyed bow hunting, with weapon in hand he would track down his game and give thanks to the creator for the life provided. Farming was another talent of his, ultimately he made sure that he always had a way to provide for his family. Besides the outdoors activities he was also a avid bowler, however his favorite pass time was golfing, he would make sure to go at least 5 or 6 times a week, practicing and mastering his swing. He's had 22 holes in one and One Eagle.
He was a member of The Grove Community Church, Garrot Wyckoff Masonic Lodge in Lima, OH, a 32nd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Valley in Allentown, PA, a Boy Scout Leader in Lima, OH, a member of the Ski Patrol at Doe Mountain Ski Area in Pennsylvania and a Member of Moreno Valley Golf Club.
He is survived by; his Beloved wife of 26 years, Dorothy Marie (Dodie) Rupert, Seven loving children; Judge Linda Baer of Hackensack, NJ, Cynthia Clayton (John) of Niles, MI, Janet Abbott (Tom) and David Scott Rupert (Gina) both of Grand Junction, CO., Debbie (Glenn) Thomas of Wrightwood, CA, Dick Davis of Hayden, ID and Bonnie Gallagher of Laguna Nigal, CA., Eight Grandchildren; Lara Rodriguez (Francisco) of Hackensack, NJ, Dane Gift of Bangkok Thailand, Dr. Paul Gift (Karen) of Marina Del Ray, CA, Molly Thomas of Oceanside, CA, Mark Thomas of Wrightwood, Megan Schatzschneider (Mark) of Yucaipa, CA, Matthew Gallagher of Georgia and Kirsten Gallagher of Laguna Nigal, CA., Four Great Grandchildren; Victoria Rodriguez, Kaden Gift, Emma Thomas and Eden Schatzschneider, and Four Nieces and Nephews; Wayne Swanson of Warren PA, Brian Swanson of Sheffield, PA, Carole Brown of Ephrata, PA and Dr. Ellen Swanson of Siena, Italy.
He was preceded in death by; a son Richard Rupert, a son-in-law NJ State Senator Byron Baer and a grandson Roger Pollitt.
Graveside service to be held Thursday August 21st, 2014 at 12:00 O'clock in the afternoon in Riverside National Cemetery staging area #1, to be officiated by Pastor Jim Gilbreth.
A memorial service will be held at the Grove Church in Orangecrest Friday, August 29th at 11:00 AM.
In place of Flowers his family requests that donations be made to the Grove Community Church of Orangecrest or Chapman Hospice of Riverside.