William “Bill” Rupp, 85, Greeley, Colo., died Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Grace Pointe in Greeley.

He was born July 17, 1931, in Hays to Gabe and Josie (Wolf) Rupp. He attended seminary in Herman, Pa. and later studied at Fort Hays State University. Throughout the years, he pursued his education, receiving a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and finally a PhD.

He married Joan Halbleib in 1954. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a teacher, coach, professor, administrator and mentor.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, where he served as pastoral council president, Knights of Columbus, a founding member of the Greeley Sierra Club, a board member of WIRS, president of the Weld County Council and a Phi Delta Kappa.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years; three sons, Mark Rupp and wife, Theresa, Eric Rupp and Lauren Holt, and Tony Rupp and wife, Bernice; three daughters, Susan Payne and husband, Rick, Bernice Josie Hemmings and husband, Bruce and Lisa Hall and husband, Greg; two brothers, Tom and Jim; a sister, Nitzi Wasinger; 27 grandchildren, Jennalee, Bill, Jordan, Katie, Jessalyn, Joe, Andy, Danielle, TJ, Amanda, David, Lindsie, Gregory, Taylor, Adam, Taryn, Sara, Chris, Audrey, Logan, Katie, Keenan, Michaela, Maddie, Brady, Jeremiah and Zach; and 16 great-grandchildren; Kieran, Rowan, Hazel, Asa, Violet, Julia, Ezra, Rylee, Marshall, Wyatt, Beau, Payton, Leah, Natalie, Landon and Koda; and a multitude nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Lou Campbell; and four brothers, Charles, Ernest, Don and Dan.

A rosary will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Greeley.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church; burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley. A light luncheon will be served in parish hall immediately after the service.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic School and Suncrest Hospice.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.stoddardsunset.com.