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Theodore Allan "Ted" Rupert (1921-2011)

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Theodore "Ted" Allan Rupert, 89, passed away at his home in Tulelake on Monday, May 2, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Jerome, Idaho, on Nov. 9, 1921, as the second of five children of Annabell (Brinegar) and Marion Rupert.
He moved to the Malin area when he was a boy.
Ted joined the Navy during World War II and became a flight instructor for the U.S. Marines. When he returned to the Klamath Basin following his military service, he met Janice Ott and married her on May 1, 1948. With the exception of two years of farming, he spent most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. In 1976, he started his own backhoe business, which he continued to operate long after he had planned to retire at the age of 80.
Ted loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
His family will long remember his strong work ethic, his determination to provide for his family, his independent spirit, and his ability to stretch a dollar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Ted Jr., his four siblings Ed, Alta, "Humpty," and Norm, and his first great-grandson Jarrod Massey.
Survivors include Janice, his wife of 63 years; daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Jim Massey and Denise and Ed Alaniz; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Jana Rupert; daughter-in-law Barbara Rupert-Yates; grandchildren James and Cathy Massey, Rob and Kelsey Massey, Jon and Michele Massey, David and Jeanine Rupert, Justin Rupert, Joelle (Chin) and Donny Black, Nikki (Jenkins) and Bobby Hirschbock, Caroline (Jenkins) and James Surane, and Michelle and Kendra Rupert; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at Malin Cemetery on Saturday, May 7, at 3 p.m. Davenport's Chapel of the Good Shepherd is in charge of funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Klamath Hospice.
Published in Herald And News on May 6, 2011
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