OBITUARY

James Ruppert

January 16, 1936April 22, 2021
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I’m sorry to inform our friends and family that Jim Ruppert passed away at Kettering Hospital, April 22nd. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for about 7 years and succumbed to it. Jim was 85 years old. Some people are born special and Jim was one of those. He was born and raised in Franklin. In fact, he was born at home in the big house across from the Central School Building. He graduated from Franklin High School and was at the top of his class. He attended UC for 2 years before getting an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point, Jim thrived and was one of the leaders of the Corps. Rupert remembers and states, “I’ll never forget going to West Point for his graduation with Mom and Dad and sister, Janet. It was a glorious day. The entire Corps of 2,400 cadets marched onto the field and who was the first person out, leading the Corps? It was Jim. He was a born leader. Following West Point, Jim went into the U.S. Army and went to Ranger School and successfully completed his ranger training.” During the U.S.- Russian Missile Crisis in 1962, Jim was an intelligence officer and was sent to Florida with the Invasion Force. Because of Jim’s skill, he was chosen to fly over in a reconnaissance jet to study Cuban and Russian troop deployments, and prepare a report. He reported directly to a 3 star general and when the Command Staff had one of their final invasion briefings and almost all were Generals and Colonels. Because Jim was so well prepared and knowledgeable, the General had Jim give a part of the briefing – pretty unheard of for a 1st Lieutenant. Following the Army, Jim attended UC Law School, where he was editor of the Law Review – quite an honor. After law school, Jim practiced law and was elected Warren County Prosecutor and then ran for U.S Congress twice. Both times in a heavily Republican District, he lost but by less than 1% each time. During his legal career, Jim was recognized as one of the best trial attorneys in the State. He won a number of multi-million dollar trials and won many high profile criminal cases. In 1996, Jim argued a criminal case in front of the United States Supreme Court. I believe he is the only attorney in the history of Warren County to argue a case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Jim was elected Franklin Municipal Court Judge and sat on the bench for 20 years before his retirement. Despite all of Jim’s successes, it was his dignity and grace that stood out most. By nature, he was a fairly quiet person and no one ever heard him brag about any of his accomplishments. While practicing as an Attorney and Judge, he treated all persons with dignity, respect and kindness, while administering the highest level of judicial competence. Jim was one of 10 siblings, 9 of whom are now deceased. “I was reminded that I often said, being the youngest of 10, I might end up seeing all my brothers and sisters die before me. It has come to pass. I miss them all”, Rupert recalled. Jim was the father of two sons, Todd and JD, his namesake who has passed. Todd is married to Shanna and they have two daughters Kolbi Colleen, Elizabeth Riley and one son Max Thomas James Ruppert. All of whom loved him dearly and will miss him. Those family vacations, and time spent together in Franklin and Colorado will be cherished memories. We will miss Jim for his kindness, compassion, wit and generosity and just being Jim. Jim Ruppert was a special man.

A Memorial Service honoring Jim’s life will be held Friday at 1:00 pm April 30, 2021 at the Anderson Funeral Home 40 N. Main St. Springboro. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am for friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Downs Syndrome Assoc. of Greater Cincinnati, 4623 Wesley Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45212.

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  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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LEE C FALKE

April 28, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of Judge and former Prosecutor James D. Ruppert,
Judge Jim will be missed by all who knew him. He was such a good person that we know he is in Heaven so he is in a very Happy place so we have to be Happy for him. All the people who knew him have to be sad and we have to keep working to earn our way but we can all hope to join him again one day.

Lee Falke,
Former Montgomery County Prosecutor

Tiffany Hartman

April 27, 2021

I had the privilege to help care for Jim. I am truly going to miss him. He was such a kind, gentle soul. Sending my love and prayers to all his friends and family. Our loss is heavens gain !!

Penny Lange

April 27, 2021

The world lost a great man.......a true gentleman. One of my favorite people. Rest In Peace Jim . You will be missed!

Beth Eppich

April 26, 2021

Jim was a very sweet man who is greatly missed by everyone that was lucky enough to know him. Many prayers and hugs to all his family and friends.

Steve Hatfield

April 26, 2021

Many thoughts go all the way back to the early 70s. I first met Jim during that time after being introduced to him by my wife at the time, Brenda Back.. It was always nice to run into him at different places, just to say hello. All of Franklin and Warren County will miss a the great guy that he was. Thoughts and prayers to all of the family and the many friends that he had. Rest in Peace Jim..🙏🙏🙏

Joshua Perry

April 26, 2021

Jim was a very nice fair man I’m sorry for your loss

Kathy Seibert

April 26, 2021

I will miss hugging Uncle Jimmy.He was a quiet man , kind of like my dad.He always said hi at Christmas, even if we didn't see each other much.He was so good to my brother and I know he was to many people. I'll always think of him as a very kind gentle man, who God gave a special gift to help others.Love and prayers to Rupert, Mark and Sandy.

Theresa & Nick Wagner

April 26, 2021

He married my husband(nick) and I 20years ago! He was a kind quiet soul! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him!

Beth Boone-burton

April 26, 2021

Greatest, fairest Judge ever known.

Loved him
Sorry for His family and Franklin"s loss.

Dolly (Cheatham) Bair

April 26, 2021

Prayers, love and hugs to his family and many, many friends....So very sad to hear this. Mom (Mabel Cheatham) and I knew he had been sick and we both had sent him a card about a month ago. I worked for him back in the early 70's part time---was also a Ruppert Rooter and campaigned for him at the State Fair ( also watched after JD and Todd while there). He helped me get my first full time job with Eddie Lawson in Springboro. When he came to our house, or we would see him out and about---he always hugged mom--and treated us ALWAYS like family. RIP Mr. Ruppert.....

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