ROBERT MICHAEL "ROB" RUPE (1985 - 2013)

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ROBERT MICHAEL "ROB" RUPE April 5 1985 - February 11, 2013 Our beloved son, Robert Michael "Rob" Rupe died very unexpectedly on Monday, February 11, 2013, just a little bit short of his twenty-eighth birthday. He had fought a virtual lifetime of pain and depression. And, in the last couple years, he had encountered that terrible monster gorilla that jumps on so many of our youth's backs, it's called addiction. And, after many, many, attempts by his family to get him some kind of help, Rob decided to go out on his own terms to meet his maker. Our amazing baby boy was born April 5, 1985 in Elko, Nevada. "Robby", as known by all of his family, and most of his friends during his life, decided it should be "Rob" in very recent years because he thought it sounded more mature, stating "I am a young man now, not a kid anymore. "Rob got his GED in Boise, ID, and then attended the Centennial Job Corp. of Nampa in Boise, Idaho from 2006 to 2007, where he became an expert welder/fabricator. He ended up with more than 30 technical certifications to weld virtually any known metal using any known method, in any environment. While at Job Corp., Rob was appointed President of the entire boy's program, where he met the love of his life, the President of the whole girls program! LaShanda, Rob, and their little dog Rambo have been together every since. Though they recently divorced due to the demons that Robby was facing, they continued to love each other and communicate virtually daily until the end. Rob was an amazing athlete. He was on a skateboard in front of his brother Rick while still in diapers, got his own skateboard at two, also rode his two wheel bike without training wheels at two, did flips off the high dive at three, and played majors in Little League at nine years old. In fact, he made the All Stars each of his last two years, and had game winning home runs in extra innings two years in a row! Rob also played basketball, football, raced BMX bikes, was absolutely crazy good on a snow board, and liked bowling. He was also very humble and loving. He recently posted on Facebook that "My Grandma Sammy is awesome. She is almost 82 and still kicks my butt at bowling!" In the last few years Rob gave up all those high risk sports and became an avid hunter and fisherman. His Dad and Mom had started him hunting, shooting and fishing when he was barely out of diapers, so he quickly became an accomplished hunter and fisherman, especially with a bow and arrow after deer and elk, and Ford Fenders on big mouth bass, or any other fish that would strike. With his brother Rick, his mom, and hours of reading and researching the latest technology and techniques, he soon became a force in the woodlands and reservoirs of Idaho. Robby is survived by his dad; Randy, and stepmother; Renee', of Red Bluff, his mom; Charlotte Rae of Boise, ID, his older brother; Ryan with wife Melissa and family of Santa Rosa. older brother; Rick and wife Melissa, and family of Boise, ID, his older sister; Angela of Boise, his loving and very close step sister; Kendall Jones, of Red Bluff and Mathew Jones, of Corning. And, of course, his amazing Grandma; Sammy, of Red Bluff. He is also loved and remembered by uncle's Doug, and wife Ginger, Dan, Aunt Sherri, and Michael and wife Dee from the Rupe side of the family. His Grandma; Juanita, and Grandpa; Dale Hughes, Uncle Ron, Ken, Brad, Alex, Aunt Dolores and Alisson, are also grieving Rob's loss from the maternal side of his family. His cousins Christopher,Danielle, Sean, and Rachel will never forget their youngest cousin Rob, as will his nieces and nephews Cordell, Colby, Rylee, Rheya, Parker, Raygen, and Emma. Lord knows, I pray I haven't forgotten anyone. In fact, Rob had many more cousins on his maternal side that he was never able to know very well, but we feel the need to mention Steven and many other cousins. Please read the separate announcement in this paper concerning our informal celebration of Rob's life next Saturday, February 23rd, at two o'clock at the Elk's Lodge. Please don't send flowers. Rob would want any donations to go to his family to assist with the costs, or better yet, take someone young in your life someplace special and let them know how much you love them and that you will always be there for them no matter what problems may arise.
Published in Daily News on Feb. 20, 2013
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