April 20, 1936 - December 13, 2020
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."
Obituary of Duane Burdell Rupple
Duane Burdell Rupple, affectionately known as “Rupp”, 84, of Lockport, New York, died Sunday, Dec 13th, 2020. He was born on April 20, 1936, to Charlotte and Victor Rupple in Portville, New York.
He married Barbara Ann Newton in the summer of 1957, and they had 4 children: Vicki (Pat), Kathy, David (Jen), Kenneth (Angela), and 8 grandchildren: Travis (Amber), Alyssa (Reid), Canon, Kelly, Hannah, Nicholas, Lexi, and Matt, as well as 3 great-grandchildren.
He worked as a mini-metal model maker for 30 years at Harrison Radiator, in Lockport. He was very athletic: A boxing champion, Rodger’s Park basketball champion, football player, and ‘76 & ‘77 canoe race winner! He, also, was a Little League baseball coach and went to every sporting game we ever had. He also loved to watch the Buffalo Bills and Sabre games, sometimes having the TV and radio on at the same time, while eating Peanut M+M’s. He loved the outdoors and took the family to Long Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains, every summer.
He liked to read and he loved country music – all the greats, and especially, Johnny Cash- so much so, that we all know most of the words! He had a very beautiful singing voice, as well. He had a soft spot for all the dogs in our life and let us keep many 'found‘ pets.
He had a great sense of humor and a sparkle in his eye that stayed with him and will stay with us, forever. He loved us and we loved him. He will be so greatly missed!
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.