Jack Rupe


JAN. 10, 2001 — Jack Rupe, 79, of Carlsbad passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Lakeview Christian Home of the Southwest, Inc., in Carlsbad. He was in state Tuesday, Jan. 9, and will also be in state today, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home in Carlsbad.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Bacon officiating. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery, with honors by the Carlsbad Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Rupe was born Aug. 5, 1921, to Earl L. Rupe and Beulah Bradley Rupe in Antlers, Okla., moving to Carlsbad as a boy.

During World War II, he initially served in the National Guard and then as a sergeant in Battery F, coastal artillery, and was sent to the Philippines. He was captured at Bataan and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. For 42 months, he was a prisoner of war and was liberated after the war — returning to Carlsbad in August 1945.

Dec. 27, 1945, he married Dimple Lois Roberts in Carlsbad. He then entered law enforcement, serving with the Sheriff’s Department and later working for the Carlsbad Police Department. He returned to the Sheriff’s Department as the under sheriff for four years.

Rupe then ran for sheriff, winning consecutive terms from 1959 to 1961. After his second term, he served as a deputy marshal for the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Albuquerque from 1961 to 1981, and then served as U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico from 1981 to 1982.

In 1982, Rupe returned to Carlsbad. He was a member of VFW, DAV, BPOE 1558, Sheriff and Police Association and the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse. Rupe was also a longtime member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Survivors include his wife, Dimple Rupe, of Carlsbad; one son, Donald Rupe and his wife, Mary, of Albuquerque; two daughters, Patty Fleming and husband, Richard, of Albuquerque and Kathy Rockman and husband, Howard, of Albuquerque; one brother, Clifton Rupe of Albuquerque; one sister, Betty Reddy of Roswell; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kent Waller, Jack Childress, Erik Fleming, Sean Rockman, Terry Tidwell and Jim Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse and the Bataan Death March Survivors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.


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