Mike Wayne Rupe

Born: Thu., Oct. 1, 1953
Died: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Feb. 25, 2019
Location: Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

7:00 PM Mon., Feb. 25, 2019
Location: Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church

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Michael Wayne Rupe Sr., 65, of Pulaski, passed away on February 22, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family.  Mike was born in Pulaski, to Ralph E. Rupe Sr. and Mildred Craig Rupe on October 1, 1953.   He married Patricia Ratcliffe on June 30, 1974 in Pulaski, VA.  Mike worked for Volvo for 39 years before retiring in 2016.  Mike was a devoted husband and a proud father, who spent endless hours at the ball fields with his two sons, Michael Jr. and Jamie. It would only take a few minutes of conversation with him to know the pride and love he felt for his boys, but the love and pride he had for his two precious grandchildren, Corey and Lily, was immeasurable. There wasn’t a day that went by that he did not talk to or see them; and share their accomplishments and endearing stories with friends and family.  Mike Rupe had a servant’s heart and touched many lives with his kindness and generosity. Those who knew him best will forever remember his laughter and jokes. He was a father figure to many and will be greatly missed.  Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mildred Rupe and brother in law Jimmy Ratcliffe.  Mike is survived by his wife, Patricia: his children Michael Rupe Jr (Laura) and Jamie Rupe (Heather); brothers Ralph Rupe and Jay Rupe (Debbie); sisters Sharon and Karen; grandchildren Corey and Lily Rupe; mother in law Paddy Ratcliffe and sisters’ in law, Ansie, Sharon, and Kathy; as well as a host of nieces and nephews and extended family.  The family would like to give a special thanks to Chas Lawson for being by Patricia’s side to help navigate this difficult time and unselfishly giving her time to care for Mike in his final hours; as well as Jim and Ann Padgett for their friendship, love and support in those final hours.  The family will be receiving friends from 5 pm to 7 pm on Monday, February 25th at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Pulaski,  A memorial service will immediately follow, officiated by Pastor Judy Yonce, at the church at 7 pm. 

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Jane Alley
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Patricia, I’m so sorry! I pray that God gives you and your family peace and comfort beyond all understanding! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers! I love all of y’all!

   Posted Sat February 23, 2019

Pat (Smith) Eller
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Patricia and family. I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You all are in my prayers. I know everytime I would run into you all, Mike would always have a smile on his face. God bless.

Dennis and Patricia Miller
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
Our deepest symptoms. Prayers and hugs for the days ahead.

Threasa Coe Copeland
   Posted Sun February 24, 2019
Patricia and Family, We are very sorry to learn of Mike's passing. He was a generous person to all he met. We hope that God will give you peace and lesson the pain that you are going through. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Threasa, Kurt and Holly Copeland

Jimmy Bishop
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Sorry for your loss a good friend and coworker.19

Perry and Donna Gallimore
   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Pat, Mike and Jamie, we are so sorry for your loss. You all will be in our prayers.

Dale Reece
   Posted Tue February 26, 2019
My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time. Please know that I am thinking of you and pray for you to have peace and comfort.


Doris H. Lawson
   Posted Sat March 02, 2019
So sorry to hear of your sorrow of losing Mike. Just know that we, as a family
send our deepest condolence, and much love and prayers. We are thinking of all of you at this time; especially Jay.
From Jeff Harriman and family

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