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James ‘Jim’ F. Rupp, age 72, passed away peacefully at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. Visitation will begin at 3 P.M. and the memorial service for Jim will be held at 4 P.M. Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the Chapel at St. John’s, 901 Luther Pl, Albert Lea. Chaplain Don Malinsky will officiate. Please join the family at Harold’s Bar at 6 P.M. after the service on Thursday to raise a toast to Jimmy.
Jim was born on April 14, 1946 to parents Harold and Beatrice (Marpe) Rupp in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He was raised on a dairy farm near Clarks Grove and later moved to Albert Lea. Jim became a father at a young age with his then-wife, Betty Hultman, and raised three beautiful daughters.
Jim worked at Queens for many years. He was a Trades & Labor Board Member and a local union officer for Queens. He also owned “Your Best Shot” pool hall in Albert Lea in the ‘70s and played a key role in getting a D&R Star Pool League in Albert Lea. From 1983 to November 2014, Jim lived and worked in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was employed as a Pit Manager at MGM Grand for many of those years.
Some of Jim’s favorite hobbies included watching Minnesota sports teams on TV, exercising his green thumb on plants and flowers, bowling, and playing pool. Jim even played with famed pool legend Minnesota Fats. To friends and family, Jim was the life of the party. He especially enjoyed his role as grandfather and having an informal family reunion every year in Albert Lea during fair week. Jim loved animals dearly; he especially loved the dogs he shared his life with.
Survivors include Jim’s daughters, Stacia (Michael) St. Romain of Albert Lea, Jamie Rupp of Albert Lea, Brandi (Brian) Pross of Las Vegas; grandchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Steffen, Melissa (fiancé Chad) Steffen, Erin St. Romain, Stephen St. Romain, Kimberly St. Romain, Nathan Like, Alicia Pross, Trevor Pross; great grandchildren, Ryan and Mathew; former wife, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Rupp; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Quentin) Matson of Albert Lea, Kathy Jorgenson of Owatonna, Cindy Gordon of Albert Lea, Diane Hultman Bollig of Fort Collins, CO; brother-in-law, Bob Hultman of Fort Collins, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kassi Haskins in 2005; brother, William Rupp; brothers-in-law, Tom Gordon and Jim Jorgenson; and sister-in-law, Jane Piz; and his uncle, Larry Olson.