SHELBY- Earl Kenneth Ruppe Sr., 77, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at his home. Born in Rutherford County on Dec. 22, 1936, he was the son of the late Joseph Benjamin and Ida Abi Greene Ruppe.
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Earl was a member of Mulls Memorial Baptist Church. He was a truck driver for Carolina Freight for a number of years and retired from ABF trucking. In his career he had driven 3,000,000 miles.
Earl was the best husband and father anyone could ask for. He loved life and his family and loved telling jokes and making people smile.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two daughters, Julie Batchelor and Andrea Ruppe; grandson, Adam Ruppe; and a sister, Doris Gantt.
Earl is survived by; two sons, Jeffery Ruppe and wife Faith of Shelby, Kenny Ruppe of Polkton, and son-in-law, Van Batchelor of Nashville; a daughter, Lisa Lowery and husband Danny of Shelby; three sisters, Mildred Bebber and husband Jack of Taylorsville, Martha Hardin of Forest City and Sybil Hollifield and husband Eckels of Shelby; 15 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and a special friend, Diane Burleson.
Visitation: The family will receive friends on Monday, June 30, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory.
Funeral services: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory
Officiated by: Dr. Irvin Price
Burial: Sunset Cemetery.
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Ruppe.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Online condolences: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
CECIL M. BURTON FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY
106 CHERRYVILLE RD.
Shelby, NC 28150-4208
Published in Shelby Star on June 30, 2014