Floyd B. (Burt) Rupp Jr. died April 5. He was 94.
Rupp was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 27, 1922 to Floyd B. Rupp Sr. and Florence L. Rupp. He lived in Chicago and New York before moving with his family to Oakland in 1928. He attended Fisk Grammar School, Sherman Grammar School , Frick Jr. High and graduated from Fremont High School in June 1940. He attended San Francisco Junior College prior to joining the Army Air Corps in World War II. He became a decorated fighter pilot with the famous 68th Fighter Squadron in the South Pacific. After rotating back to the U.S., he finished his military career as an Army test pilot. He worked many years at Addressograph Multigraph in Oakland and retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory after 22 years.
He spent his retirement trying to perfect his golf game and find the perfect Martini, neither of which, he said, he accomplished.
He was a member of the American Aviation Historical Society, the P-38 National Association, the 13th Air Veterans Association., the Santa Ana Army Base Wing, and the class of 43 Association, the NRA and the Howard Jarvis Tax Payer Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie M. (Gordon) of Alameda. He is survived by his son Gordon Rupp and his wife Carolyn, his daughter Martha Weaver and her husband Jerry, along with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of his life on June 17. For more information, send an GRUPP5000 [at] aol.com (email).