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Richard Rodney Rupp

December 01, 1943 – May 29, 2023

Richard Rodney Rupp

Richard Rodney Rupp, age 79, passed away on May 29, 2023. Rodney was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Lester and Lois Rupp. Rodney married Jane Butler on November 25, 1967. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, educator, musician, and friend.

Rodney is survived by his wife Jane Rupp. Children; Michael Eric (Leslie) Rupp, Christopher (Amy) Rupp, Lisa (Darren) Lucas, and John David Rupp. Grandchildren; Justin Rupp, Lindsey Rupp, Daphne (Christian) Hedger, Chloe (Cameron) Burns, Joshua Lucas, Emma Lucas, and Isabella Lucas. Great-grandchildren; Jeremiah, Elias, and Elijah, and three more great-grandchildren on the way. Also survived by many extended relatives and friends.

Rodney was a Physics Professor for over 40 years at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. He had a passion and talent for inspiring a love of physics in others. He was an accomplished musician and played the trombone in several community bands and dance bands for most of his adult life. He loved tossing ball and riding bikes with anyone who was willing and was happiest when he was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel (2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Follow the Red line once you enter the cemetery gates to the Lakeside Chapel). Funeral service will begin at 1:00 PM with a private burial following services at Arlington Memorial Gardens.

In honor of Rodney’s life, you may make donations to the “Rodney Rupp Memorial Scholarship Fund” for students pursuing an education at Cincinnati State. You can donate online (click the fund from the drop-down menu) or mail donations to:

Attn: Rodney Rupp Memorial Scholarship Fund
Cincinnati State Foundation, ATLC 352
3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223



Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel


Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 1:00 PM

Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Mausoleum Chapel

Guest Book

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“Rodney Rupp was not only a fantastic Physics teacher but also so student-centric that hundreds of students found his classes meaningful and important on their way to solid careers. He was a gift and I was proud to teach with him for 30 years. My kids loved his class and thought so highly of him as a caring person as well. May he now find peace and his family relief from his difficult journey these last years. Let us remember Rodney with joy and kindness because that is what he left us as part of his legacy. Blessings in your grief and may your fond memories of him keep you bring you solace and smiles.”

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“Rod was an outstanding teacher and colleague. I am grateful to have known him.”

“I fell in love with physics because this man! I still remember him, saying, does the dog wag their tail or does the tail wag the dog?, lol!?!?!”

“We are so sorry for your loss. Rod was a great man and will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

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