Clifford Rupnow

October 24, 1926February 11, 2021

Cliff L. Rupnow of Byron Center died February 11, 2021 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. He was born October 24, 1926 in Detroit.

Mr. Rupnow was a retired typographer. He and his brother, Gord, a retiree of the Macomb Daily, now deceased, owned G&G Printers and the East Detroit Digest. Cliff further worked at the Detroit Times, R.L. Polk Co., Detroit Typesetting, Michigan Typesetting, and finally the TypeHouse.

He was a veteran of the Merchant Marine during WWII and sailed oil tankers throughout the world. In the Korean War (1950-1952) he was in the army and served as SFC in the 45th Reconnaissance Co. of the 45th Infantry Division. Cliff was a life member of the VFW.

His passion for indoor badminton lasted for over 40 years, playing in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, and Clinton Twp. It was only surpassed by his love for golf. He and his wife traveled the U.S. extensively, covering 48 of the 50 states.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Novelda (Booty), whom he married in 1950; two sons Cliff and Craig (Diana); four granddaughters Lyndsey (Ty), Shannon, Atriana, and Skyler and great-grandchild, Cade.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Cook Funeral Home, 2067 84th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

In memory of Cliff and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW or to a charity of one's choice. His family welcomes memories and messages online at


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    Sunday, February 14, 2021


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Charles and Janine Craft

March 6, 2021

We just learned of Cliff’s passing, to the Rupnow family please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of a truly great man. We were neighbors on Edgemont Drive in Sterling Heights for many years; in fact, Cliff was the first neighbor we met after moving in. We have so many great memories of Cliff, he was a true gentleman and kind of neighbor everyone wishes they had. There were many front yard and driveway conversations, he always come out to greet me when he saw me walking my little dog.
While we understood their need to move to the Grand Rapids area we missed Cliff and Booty terribly. We’re blessed to have known him.

volker kettenbach

February 13, 2021

I keep fond memories of the few meetings we had
... over the past 33 years
... with the last in 2015

Rest in Peace

- Petra and Volker