Delmer D. “Pete” Rupp, 92, of Pettisville, passed away Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
He was born in Clinton Township, Fulton County, Ohio, to Jacob H. and Elizabeth (Vonier) Rupp on Oct. 12, 1917. He was a graduate of Pettisville High School.
A veteran of World War II, he served four years with the 813th Engineer Aviation Battalion, U. S. Army, in the Aleutian Islands and Okinawa.
On Nov. 1, 1946, he married Pauline J. Lantz, who survives. They are the parents of five children: Jane Rupp, Ann (Ron) Hale, Christine (Brad) Mosier, Barbara (Lonnie) Rufenacht, and Mark (Darla) Rupp, all of Pettisville.
As a young man, Pete worked with his father and brothers constructing barns in the Fulton County area.
In 1950, he was a co-founder of Rupp Lumber Company, Pettisville, and was its president until his retirement. He also served several terms as a Clinton Township Trustee.
He was a member of Crossroads Evangelical Church, Wauseon. He was a church trustee and member of the church’s 1960 building committee, which planned and oversaw construction of a Sunday School addition to the original building.
Pete also sang in the church choir and men’s chorus.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Claude, Ray, and Wilmet; and sisters Mary Ann Rupp, Maredith Yeager, and Marthella Graf.
In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by a sister, Betty Allerding, of Loudonville; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Crossroads Evangelical Church, East Leggett Street, Wauseon.
A memorial service will be held at the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, with Pastors Wes Hoffmire and Pamela Short officiating.
Short Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Evangelical Church or Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.