03/20/1943 to 10/05/18
HE&M Saw is sad to announce the passing of J.R. Rupprecht. John Russell “J R” Rupprecht passed away after an extended battle with cancer on Friday October 5th, 2018 at the age of 75. J.R. held many titles over the years at HEM Saw including Regional Sales Manager, Service Manager, Plant Manager, and most recently was instrumental in Material Handling Applications and Design.
J.R. was involved for a large portion of his life in the steel industry and owned a sawing service center outside Chicago for many years before joining HEM Saw. He was the “go-to” guy for questions about sawing efficiently and operating HEM Saws to perform their best. His passions included cars, racing, and his beloved Chicago Cubs baseball team.
A native of the Pittsburgh, PA area, J R was a long-time employee of HE&M Saw in Pryor, OK where he excelled in steel fabrication and manufacturing. In his nearly 50 years of dedicated service to the industry, he became recognized as an expert in the field. He was a drag racing enthusiast and had participated in drag racing events beginning in his teenage years, including most recently at the Mid America Ford/Shelby Meet in Tulsa, OK. It brought him great joy to see the Cubs win the World Series in his lifetime. He had a great passion for Rock & Roll and Blues and attended as many live performances as he was able throughout his lifetime. He was also a proud spectator to his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting activities.
He is preceded in death by both parents, Jack and Anne Rupprecht, his brother, Gary Rupprecht, and his wife, Nettie Lou (nee Pattarozzi) Rupprecht.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Rupprecht (nee Jones), five children, daughters LeAnne (John) Notabartolo, Nancy (Walter) Lawrence, Janece (David) Growney, Tina (Leif) Larsen and son John James “J.J.” (Jenna); two step-children Danielle (Clayton) Strickland and Zachary Righter; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Linda Roscoe.
A Memorial Service will be held at the HE&M Saw Sales Office at 4065 South Main & Webb, Pryor, OK on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
If anyone would like to make any donations, please send to the American Cancer Society in honor of JR. Please send any flowers/plants to HE&M Saw, 4065 S. Main & Webb, Pryor OK 74361 for next Thursday’s Memorial Service.
A second Memorial Service will be held as a Celebration of Life in March of 2019 in Moline, IL.. Location, date and time to be determined.