COLUMBIA Carl F. Rupp, 85, died peacefully at his residence on Friday, August 23, 2013. He was the husband of Kathryn L. Rupp, who preceded him in death in 2004. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late John H. and Helen Swingler Rupp. He retired from the Shipping Department of the former Grinnell Corp. in Columbia. He was also employed previously in Civil Service at Middletown and Marietta Depots. He also worked for many years as a house painter for Mr. Bill Long. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Carl was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Columbia. He served on the Vestry of the church and was an usher for the church. He was a member of the Red Rose Memorial Post #2435 VFW, the Paul Revere Leber Post #372 American Legion, and the Chickies Rock Lodge Loyal Order of the Moose, all located in Columbia. Surviving are four daughters, Shirley, wife of William Meley of Columbia, Carla Rupp of Columbia, Corrine, wife of Danny Ritz of Hellam, and Christina, wife of Marty Zeamer of Columbia. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two grandsons, Derek H. Zeamer and David W. Frick, Jr.; a great-grandson, Brendan W. Meley; brothers, Charles, James, and John (Mel) Rupp; and sisters, Viola Price, Betty Cunningham, and Helen (Snookie) Fischer. He was a wonderful, loving and devoted husband, father and pap. He was known as Pap Rupp by many people. Pap was an avid Johnny Unitas and BALTIMORE Colts fan, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved Penn State football. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting with his friends Jack Sheehy, George Schmidt, John Weiser and the late Jim Shoff at Camp Cucamonga. We would like to thank his neighbors, Keith and Mary Fran Mauer and Kevin Kraft and his entire staff for always looking out for our dad when we couldn't be there. Thank you to his church family at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, his VFW family and to the many people who stopped and talked to him as he was the Walnut Street Watchman at his front door. A Mass of Resurrection will be held from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 340 Locust St., Columbia, on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. J. Patrick Peters as Celebrant. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., 519 Walnut St., Columbia, on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be no viewing at the church on Thursday. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Contributions in Carl's memory may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 340 Locust St., Columbia, PA 17512.
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Aug. 26, 2013