Zachery Jonathan Ruppel

September 23, 1994December 31, 2018

Zachery Jonathan Ruppel, age 24, formerly of Bedford, NH passed away on December 31, 2018 in Colorado Springs.

He was born in San Diego, CA on September 23, 1994 to John and Lisa (Twitchell) Ruppel. Zak resided in Bedford most of his life, attended Champlain College in Burlington, VT and soon ventured to Colorado to start his career as a Cyber Intelligence Analyst at Lockheed Martin. Zak was a compassionate, respectful and genuine individual, who had the biggest heart and gave the most unbelievable hugs. He was a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, and an all-around devoted friend.

Some people are born with traits that can’t be taught and Zak was one of those people. His leadership skills were developed early in life by earning the Rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 414. He was known for his charming personality and infectious smile, not to mention his smooth dance moves. He loved the outdoors, especially the mountains, and referred to himself as a mountain man. Summer was all about camping, winter was all about snowboarding, and every day was about riding his motorcycle. Zak was an intuitive leader, recognized by many for his dedication to helping, supporting and protecting others. The impact he made on those around him was truly extraordinary. His genuine kindness and love for family and friends will never be forgotten.

We love you Zachery! You will be loved unconditionally every day and will forever be in our hearts! Zak is survived by his mother and father, Lisa and John of North Carolina; sister Nicole of Tampa, Florida; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins from both the Ruppel and Twitchell families.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the “Zachery Ruppel’s Legacy” GoFundMe page to support a scholarship in his name. Please visit (Please see the link immediately below.)


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Jake Kennedy

January 16, 2019

16Jan19 (1600PST)
I was just informed of Zack's passing. Even though it has been years since I have seen Zak, there is no doubt in my mind that we wouldn't pick up where we last left off. My condolences to Zack's family, John, Lisa, and Nicole. I am so very Sorry. One memory is the only thing I can think about at this exact moment, and I would like to pass it on to all of you.

As kids, myself and Zack were instant friends. My family and the Ruppel family meet up at some hotel with a big pool with an attached play area. The pool at the time was massive in our eyes, considering that we were both maybe 12-14. The pool playground was made up of a cheesy pirate ship that had a small water slide in it. Hours we would play in it, from pretending to be on a pirate ship, to tag, to who can do the "coolest" trick off the slide. The funny part is, this pirate ship was smaller then a car. After about 30 mins of playing you would have done everything on it more then once. Zack and I would spend hours on hours on it though, which is funny since there was two hot tubs and a massive pool that we never touched. My mom would give the thirty minute call out to me, which would always become two hours. Even when we were walking away, I would always look at Zack and he would wave me over and I would sprint back toward our Pirate ship to slide down the slide with each other one last time. Both of us laughing and smiling, nothing but pure fun and an amazing friendship. Their is no dollar amount or object I wouldn't trade right now for one more slide with Zak. Zack will always be remembered in my house hold, as the man with outstanding character and huge heart.

Our friendship will always be there and never fade away. All memories, laughs, and jokes will be cherished and never forgotten. I love yea Bud, and will miss you a great deal. Keep a six-pack on ice up there, so when I see you again we can have that long over due beer.
Cheers Mate,
Jake Reed Kennedy