June 6, 1936 - March 23, 2018
Gene Eldon Rupright, 81, passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on March 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. A memorial service will be held for Gene at Northway Christian Church in Dallas on April 28, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm.
Gene was born on June 6, 1936 in Huntington, Indiana to Harold and Marie (Dustman) Rupright. Gene and his younger sister Linda grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and he graduated from Kellogg High School in 1954. He married Marilyn Gorsline in 1955. Gene and Marilyn were married sixteen years and had two daughters: Natalie and Martha “Marty.”
After high school, Gene earned a BBA degree from Western Michigan University and soon after took a job as an Internal Revenue Agent for the IRS. He then worked as a Cost Department Head for Gibson Guitars in Kalamazoo, Michigan, reporting to the designer of the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. After college while living in Michigan, Gene proudly served for 8 years as a Coast Guard Reservist.
In 1967, Gene and his family moved to Wichita, Kansas where Gene worked as CFO for Jack P. DeBoer Associates, Inc, entering the real estate industry. Real estate finance took him to Dallas, Texas in 1969. Soon thereafter, Gene became Executive Vice-President and CFO for Gordon D. Browning Inc., making his mark in the home building business. After leaving Browning Inc., he was an active partner and real estate broker on numerous real estate transactions, including raw land purchases, the development of apartment communities, duplexes, and office complexes.
In 1972, Gene married Bonnie Smith with whom he enjoyed traveling across the world. They lived together in Dallas, Texas until her death in 2000.
In his later working years, Gene founded Performance Management Institute, working as a financial and management advisor to other business leaders. Gene was a Certified Public Accountant and the author of the “Total Quality Management” study guide, published for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was also a member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and a member of the American Society for Quality Control.
Since 2005, Gene and his beloved friend Patricia Tarpley, have enjoyed fine dining, evenings at the theater and annual trips to Ennis to see the Texas bluebonnets. He loved giving advice, particularly business advice, to anyone who would listen. He enjoyed the daily crossword puzzles. Gene was a movie buff, always ready for a trivia quiz. He never missed a Dallas Cowboys game. He was an avid reader, devouring mystery novels, a gift that has been passed on to his daughters.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marie, his sister, Linda McClelland, his niece, Jody Calbaugh, and by Marilyn Hunneshagen and Bonnie Rupright.
Gene is survived by his two daughters, Martha “Marty” Snyder of Hickory Corners, Michigan and Natalie Preston (Barry) of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren Ashley Hamlet (Tyler), Elizabeth “Lizzie” Snyder, and Evan Preston; great grandchildren Ezra, Joran, and Noë Hamlet; nephews and nieces Wendy Gates (Ron), Scott Adams (Tina), Brian Jones, and T. Todd Jones (Jonathon); and brother-in-law Dave McClelland.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238
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