Tom was born on December 13, 1948, in Bellevue, Ohio and is the son of the late Phillip and Kathryn Rupert of Bellevue, Ohio. He is also the younger brother to Skip Ruppert (Cathy) of Ohio and an older brother to Kathy Ruppert-Henney (Jim) of Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis A. Chambers-Ruppert of 54 years; His three children Matthew Rupert (Tiffany), Amy Rupert-Cannon (Bill), and Noel Ruppert-Morris (A.J). Seven grandchildren, Matthew (Amber), Kaitlyn (Danny), Alexandra (Montana), Wayne (Kaitlyn), Emma, Ethan, and Wyatt. Along with four great grandchildren Aayla, Scarlette, Greyson, and Lilith, as well as nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Tom spent much of his life in service to others first in the United States Marine Corps from 1968-1974, then as a past chief and lifetime member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Co from 1981-2024. He was also a member of the Kent County Fire Chiefs Asso., the Delaware State Fire Chiefs Asso., the VFW, and American Legion. He retired from the Scott Paper Co., Dover, De in the early 1990s then went on to work for Kent Construction as a site supervisor, retiring five years ago. Since his retirement Tom has spent his time traveling with his family, woodworking in his shop, fishing and hunting with his buddies. Tom also loved spending time by the pool chatting with his family and friends, playing with his beloved dog Winston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Clayton Fire Co. in his honor. Tom would have also wished for you to spend time with your families’ creating memories, as he did with his loved ones.

– Submitted by Kevin Wilson