Richard Glen Rupard died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with his wife by his bedside. He was 82.
A memorial potluck was held Tuesday at the Elks Lodge in Eagle River.
Born Dec. 5, 1920, in Mineola, Texas, Mr. Rupard was a Baptist preacher, preaching in eastern Texas by the time he was 14. He attended Baylor University to earn a doctorate in divinity but left the program just before graduation. He went on to become one of New Mexico's and later Alaska's top mechanics.
During World War II, Mr. Rupard served in the Army intelligence and was transferred to Santa Fe, N.M., where he was a dental technician.
Following his discharge, he worked in Santa Fe in the auto repair business. In 1972, he moved to Alaska where his sisters lived. There he met Millie Guest. They married in 1975. Though they met and married in Alaska, they had lived 60 miles apart in New Mexico for 30 years.
Mr. Rupard enjoyed working and took pride in everything he did. He enjoyed flying his airplane, fishing, doing photography, canning and cooking (cinnamon rolls were his specialty) and taking long drives Sunday afternoons with Millie and their dog Quan. His sister Nora taught him to crochet when he was young and over the years he made many things.
"He will be missed by many, as he brought sunshine with him even on the darkest days. His friends called him "Rup" and he didn't give a ---- what his enemies called him," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Rupard and Ruby Rupard Chasteen; sisters, Nora Collette, Elvina Cody and Jackie Irving; and in-laws, Hurshel Guest and Alma Guest.
He is survived by his wife, Millie; children, Glenna Carinci, Richard Glen Rupard II and wife, Deborah, John Ingles Rupard III; half-brother, James Chasteen; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Mary Buckner; nephews, Peter Petresac and Charles Cody; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Donations may be made to the Rupard Fund, account No. 751 4 0994 at First National Bank in Eagle River.
Arrangements were made with Evergreen's Eagle River Funeral Home.
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