We regret to inform you that on April 16th, 2021 Retired Sergeant Thomas E. Ruppert passed away at the age of 88. – The Maryland Troopers Association sends its deepest condolences to the Ruppert Family at this difficult time.
Obituary from the Cumberland Times:
Thomas Edward Ruppert, 88, of LaVale, passed away Friday, April 16, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Cumberland on Sept. 4, 1932, he was the son of the late Caroline (Staarman) and Frederick A. Ruppert.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his sisters, Kathleen Mikowski and husband, Edmund, Angela Stroup and husband, Ira; brother, Fred Ruppert and wife, Janet; brother-in-law, Arthur “Soupy” Lancaster.
Tom was a graduate of LaSalle High School Class of 1950. Following high school, Tom served his country in the First Marine Division Fifth Amphibious Armored Unit in Korea.
After being discharged, Tom attended Potomac State College and then graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy. Tom was a member of the Maryland State Police for 36 years. During that time, he was in charge of the Garrett County division for five years and then was promoted to sargent at the Cumberland barracks where he served until his retirement.
Tom was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. At the church, he was a member of the Landscaping Committee, Church Usher, and assisted with the Parish dinners.
He was a member of Cumberland Council Knights of Columbus 586, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 40, Maryland State Police Alumni, and Maplehurst Country Club.
Tom was an avid golfer, and he especially enjoyed golf trips to Fayetteville, N.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Tom was a Baltimore Colts football fan who switched his loyalty to the Baltimore Ravens.
Tom is survived by his wife of 67 years, M. Elaine (Cook) Ruppert; children, Terrence E. Ruppert and partner, James P. Earley, Palm Springs, Calif., Thomas S. Ruppert and wife, Rebecca, LaVale, and Nicole C. Ruppert and husband, Kevin, Winchester, Va.; grandchildren, Zachary Ruppert, Reid Malony, and Grant Malony; and sister, Joan Lancaster, Cumberland. Tom is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Because of health care considerations, the family will honor Tom at a later date.
The family extends their gratitude to Dr. Zaman and his staff for the excellent compassion and care given to Tom, especially Marsha, Justine, Jennifer, and Amber.
Additionally, the family thanks the Home Hospice Care Group from the UPMC Western Maryland Health Center.
Those wishing to honor Tom’s memory may do so by making a contribution to UPMC Western Maryland Schwab Cancer Center or Home Hospice.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.Published on April 18, 2021