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Tanner Rupinski, 15 years old of Altamont, died at 8:26 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Wheatland Township, Fayette County, near his home in rural Altamont.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Altamont, with the Pastor James Watts officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Altamont and one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Christian burial rites will be in Union Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice or to the family of Tanner Rupinski. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kullfuneralhome.com.
Tanner, a child of our heavenly father, was born one of five siblings into the Christian family of Jason and Treva Hubbart-Rupinski. Tanner began his life in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 22, 2001. Later the family moved back to rural Altamont living in the Bethlehem Community, Effingham County, near Altamont where his family roots were established many years back by his German farming immigrants. He was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church by Rev. Geoffrey Robinson.
Tanner attended the Altamont Grade School and was presently a sophomore at ACHS, (Altamont Community High School). Tanner was a member of the ACHS band playing the saxophone and with a special interest in the guitar. His school activities also lead him to be part of the ACHS track and field team. His special interest in art and drawing kept him occupied in his free time as well as some day focusing to become an aviation pilot. On Wednesday evenings he was very active in the First Christian Church youth activities.
Tanner is survived by his parents, Jason Thomas Rupinski and Treva Lee Hubbart-Rupinski of rural Altamont; two brothers, Austin Ryan and Hunter Lee Rupinski, and two sisters, Sierra Nicole and Morgan Elizabeth Rupinski, all at home; paternal grandparents, Marlene and husband John Akulic of Madisonville, Tennessee, and William Rupinski of St. Elmo.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leland and Judith Hubbart; and two aunts, Lela Lauter and Diane Hubbart.
Published on April 27, 2017
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