Obituary: Gary Paul Rupp

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Gary Rupp

Gary Paul Rupp

June 9, 1940 ~ Jan. 31, 2020

Gary Paul Rupp (D.V.M., M.S.), the son of Paul Charles and Katheryn Francis (Smith) Rupp, was born on June 9, 1940, in Denver, Colorado. He passed away on Jan. 31, 2020, at his home near Oak, Nebraska, at the age of 79 years, 7 months, 22 days.

He was married to Alice Eyster and three children were born to this marriage. He lived and ranched with his life partner Ronda Jaeger from 1994 until his death. Before his retirement he was employed as the director of the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center from 1988–2010 near Clay Center, Nebraska. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nelson, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather John Miller, and a daughter Barbara Jean Rupp.

He is survived by his sons, Paul Rupp and wife Deborah of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Peter Rupp and wife Kym of Seattle, Washington; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; he is also survived by his siblings, Joseph Miller, Janelle Arnold and Joyce Coxsey along with a host of friends and relatives.

Gary graduated from Colorado State University in 1964 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He completed his initial veterinary residency in 1966 at the University of California Davis Veterinary College. At residency completion he entered into large animal veterinary medical practice in Meeker, Colorado, through 1973. He then returned to Colorado State University where he practiced and taught veterinary medicine as well as completing his Masters of Science degree in food animal medicine in 1975. While teaching at CSU he was a critical member of the team which created the Kimberling-Rupp Spay Tool and technique. He led initial efforts (in direct coordination with its namesake) that resulted in the creation of the Colorado State University John E. Rouse Beef Improvement Center (formerly One bar Eleven ranch) near Saratoga, Wyoming. In 1983 he relocated to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where he continued teaching and practicing. In 1988 he began his distinguished career with the University of Nebraska creating and directing the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (Clay Center, Nebraska) until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2010. In 2005 he received the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Excellence in Preventative Medicine Beef Award, he was recognized by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in 2014 for 50 years in Veterinary medicine, and was inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinary Hall of Fame in 2015. He spent his post-retirement years working cattle and enjoying his ranch just outside of Oak, Nebraska. He will always be remembered by his former students and colleagues as an inspirational teacher and mentor.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. from the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Superior, Nebraska, with Father Ferdinand Boehme officiating.

Saturday, Feb. 8 there will be a family gathering from 10-11 a.m. at the Archdiocese Mortuary with the graveside service to follow at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, 12801 West 44th Ave.

In lieu of flowers memorials may go to the Dr. Gary P. Rupp Beef Cattle Production Management Scholarship, University of Nebraska Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Nebraska, 68978 or in care of

Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Nebraska, was in charge of the arrangements.