Dr. Hoover Rupert, a retired United Methodist Minister, died October 4, 2012 at the Wilson Health Care Center at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His death was a result of complications from a head injury sustained in March.Dr. Rupert was born in Madison, NJ on November 3, 1917, the son of a Methodist minister, Lynn Hoover Rupert, Sr. and Hazel Linabary Rupert.
When he was six years old, his family settled in Kansas after spending three years in India doing mission work.Dr. Rupert graduated from Junction City High School in 1934, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker University in 1938 and went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University in 1941. During his career, he received honorary doctorates from Adrian College, Baker University, and Millikin University.
During his forty-three years of ministry as a United Methodist clergy, Dr. Rupert was the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Jackson, MI from 1950 to 1959, First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, MI from 1959 to 1972 and First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, MI from 1972 to 1983. He also served the United Methodist Church as the National Director of Youth Work from 1945 to 1950, the Secretary of the Judicial Council from 1968 to 1988 and the chaplain of the Epworth Heights Assembly from 1984 to 1998. He authored more than 20 books on a variety of Christian topics. In his retirement, he enjoyed golf, teaching, reading, and spending time with his family. Dr. Rupert married Hazel Senti on June 22, 1941.
Dr. Rupert is survived by his sister, Mary, brother, Paul, his two daughters, Elizabeth Wright and her husband, Warren of Gaithersburg, MD and Susan Newbry and her husband, Bill of Northern Idaho, he is survived by his grandchildren, Ryan Rupert Wright and Anne Wright Weidert, and her husband Jason.