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Herman E. Rupert
Herman E. Rupert, age 86, of Shelocta, PA, died on February 22, 2009, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
He was born on August 29, 1922, in Girty, Armstrong Co., PA, to David Lloyd and Anna Mary Rupert.
Mr. Rupert was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942-1945. He was discharged with the rank of T/Sgt (Sgt. 1st CL). He trained as a Platoon Sgt. in several Camps in the USA and spent two years in the Pacific Theater. Herman received an Asiatic-Pacific Metal, one Bronze Star, and a unit citation while on the island of Saipan.
He received his BS and MEd degrees from IUP, 1949-1960, and then an MSc from the Univ. of Pennsylvania in 1964. During his membership with the Elderton Fire Department, he helped with many fund raisers and operated Herman's Café at the Fireman's Carnival. He was a charter member of the American Legion Post 918 of Elderton, and was Commander for many years. Mr. Rupert was a member of the Elderton Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school for many years, and also served as elder. He was also a member of the Elderton Lions Club, Indiana Franklin Masonic Lodge 313, and the Black Power Crooked Crick Militia and was an avid Historian. His last order to the Crooked Crick Militia was "Keep your powder dry".
Herman taught High School students at Ford City and Elderton for 32 years and retired in 1982. He started the Rupert Insurance Agency and after ten years, he retired again to enjoy traveling with his wife, Jean. They traveled all over the USA to visit their children and relatives. Their travels also included the Pacific, Alaska, Canada, Europe, Bahamas, Virgin Island, Mexico, and most of the Parks and Battlefields in the USA. They also enjoyed boating, fishing, and hunting.
He is survived by his wife Jean (Altman) Rupert whom he married on June 14, 1946; his four daughters, Pamela Bryan of Shelocta, Debbie McCully of Tempe, AZ, Marcia Casses of Elderton; and Boni Oian and husband Doug of Boerne, TX; his one son, Gregory Rupert and wife Carole of Rossmoor, CA; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Earl Rupert of Sanford, VA, Donald Rupert and wife Nancy of Elderton, and Stanley Rupert and wife Donna of Templeton, PA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Louise Stubrick; and two brothers, Lt. Col. Franklin Rupert, and Paul Rupert.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at the Elderton Presbyterian Church with Rev. William Milligan officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Elderton Presbyterian Church, PO Box 159, Elderton, PA 15736.
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