William G. Rupp, age 75, died peacefully on Nov. 27, 2010, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
The son of Peter and Clara Rupp, Bill was born on July 11, 1935, in Archbold.
He graduated from Archbold High School in 1953 and from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1957 with a degree in accounting and a commission in the United States Navy through NROTC.
While at Miami he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity, the Men’s Glee Club and Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary.
After graduation he attended the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., before serving as the disbursing offi- cer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex that cruised the world for 11 1/2 months, which became the longest peacetime cruise ever at that time.
While at Miami, Bill met Melinda Mewborn from Toledo. They were married in 1960 at the Monroe Street United Methodist Church and celebrated their 50th anniversary this August.
In 1959, Bill purchased his father’s interest in the Rupp Furniture Company in Archbold. In 2008 the company celebrated its 100th year anniversary.
During his career as a successful entrepreneur, Bill was also involved in various manufacturing and real estate investments. He served on the boards of the National Bank of Fulton County and First National/ Sky Bank.
As an active member in the community, Bill served on the original Four County Joint Vocational School Board (now Four County Career Center) for 12 years.
For many years he was a member of Lion’s Club and Commercial Club (now the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce) as well as the Archbold United Methodist Church.
Bill especially enjoyed snow skiing, sailing, reading, and summers in Harbor Springs, Mich.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Marguerite and Evelyn, and brothers Robert and Paul (Bud).
He is survived by one sister, Martha, and a sister-in-law, Margaret (Mrs. Bud). Bill is also survived by his wife Melinda; two daughters, Claire (Kevin) Morton of Archbold, Emily Rupp of Chicago, Ill., and two grandsons, Garrett and Gavin Morton, of whom he was especially proud.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Archbold United Methodist Church, Sauder Village, the Community Health Professionals (CHP) of Williams and Fulton County (Hospice) or CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.
The family will hold a private burial service at the Archbold Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Archbold United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 2-8 p.m. with a memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. also at the church.
Arrangements by Short Funeral Home, Archbold. www. ShortFuneral.com.