Douglas L. Rupp, 68

Douglas L. Rupp, 68, a beloved and generous family man, friend and follower of Christ, passed on March 3, 2021 due to cancer.

Doug was born on August 25, 1952 in Woodburn, IN to Rev. Charles and Jeanette (Balzer) Rupp. His father’s pastoral duties moved him to Midland, MI, then to Gridley, IL where Doug graduated high school in 1970.

Doug went on to pursue academics and baseball, with his natural, sweet swing, at Taylor University. He graduated in 1974, punctuated by a legendary walk-off grand slam in his last at-bat. Later that evening, Doug proposed to his future wife of 46 years, Kathy (Sonnenberg).

Soon after graduation, Doug married Kathy and accepted a job offer from Sauder Woodworking, returning him to his father’s hometown, Archbold, OH. Doug never left, raising his three children and retiring in 2019 as the Director of Finance and Administration.

Outside of home and work, Doug would often be found at church, kids/grandkids events, traveling in the family conversion van, watching his favorite sports and serving in various communities.

Doug enjoyed many years of faithful, voluntary service as treasurer, a member of the administrative committee, and overseeing the college scholarship fund of Archbold Evangelical Church. He also served on the Taylor University Board of Trustees, WBCL Board of Trustees and the Christian Services Foundation. He leaves behind a legacy of quiet, dependable servant leadership that has blessed many.

Surviving and entrusted with carrying out his legacy are his wife, Kathy; three children, Kristin (Seabrook) Riddle of Perrysburg, Jordan (Kelsey) Rupp of Nashville, TN, E. David Rupp of Denver, CO; grandchildren Alexa, Jordan David (JD) and Tyson; and two brothers Dawson Rupp of Lawton, MI and Craig (Julie) Rupp of Kalamazoo, MI. A private funeral service will be held at Archbold Evangelical Church in Archbold, Ohio, with Pastor Jesse Kahler officiating. Burial will be held in the Archbold Cemetery.

All services will be private. Interment will be in the Archbold Cemetery. To join in the livestream of Doug’s memorial service, please go to at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 5, 2021. If you wish to honor Doug with a memorial gift, please consider WBCL, Archbold Evangelical Church Scholarship Fund or Taylor University Endowed Scholarships. Online condolences may be offered to the family at Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with arrangements.

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