FLORENCE — Vernon E. "Vern" Rupp, 87, died on Jan. 2, 2021, from complications of pneumonia and heart failure brought on by COVID-19.

Mr. Rupp was born on Oct. 15, 1933, in the small town of Bagley, Minnesota, to Walter and Helen Harder Rupp. He lived in Minnesota for most of his youth and then moved to Salem, Oregon, and attended high school there. He graduated from Salem Academy high school before joining the Air Force. After traveling through Europe and abroad with the Air Force, he returned home to take employment with Western Electric. He enjoyed a long career with the telephone equipment manufacturer and eventually retired from its office in Kent, Washington.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Eastern Oregon and loved to ride motorcycles, both on and off road. He and his wife, Patricia "Pat," enjoyed traveling all around the West Coast on their Gold Wing. After retirement and quite enough rain, they moved to Florence, where they both found a home with the Mosaic Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed giving and helping others by working with the church’s food bank and especially enjoyed helping out with the children of the church. He was known for his unwavering moral compass and his undying love for the Lord and the love of his life, “Patty Darling."

No memorial service now because of the pandemic.

Donations in his name may be made to a local food bank.

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