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Rupert H. Hess

May 2, 1943 ~ May 23, 2018 (age 75)

Rupert “The Rupe” Hess, 75, resided in Sacramento, CA and unexpectedly passed away on May 23, 2018 due to complications from heart issues at Mercy General. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol, and his loving daughter, Ilsa.

Rupert was born on May 2, 1943 in Lancaster, PA to Herman and Esther Hess. He and his whole family moved to Vallejo, CA when he was 5 years old. After 1 year, his family relocated to Sacramento, CA.

During high school, Rupert enjoyed playing football. He even tried out for the Oakland Raiders, but sadly did not make the team.

Rupert met Carol at a technical school in Sacramento, CA. One day during class, he told her how he had a 1958 Oldsmobile convertible with a matching boat. When she wanted to go for a boat ride with him, he said that the boat went over a cliff. When she said how they should just go for a ride is his Olds, he then explained that the car went over the cliff with the boat. His sense of humor brought them together and they were married on April 18, 1965 at St. John's Lutheran church. After 53 years of marriage, Rupert and Carol had a deep love and friendship for one another.

Rupert retired from the County of Sacramento Office of Communications and Information Technology on July 17, 1998. In his 33 years of County service, he began employment with what was then known as the Systems and Data Processing Division in 1965 as a Tab Machine Operator and retired as a Technical Support Bureau Manager in 1992. He was assigned to manage and coordinate the construction of the 799 G Street facility. He has coached many employees in technical and supervisory skills that enabled them to advance their carriers.

Many friends have fond memories of going out to lunch with Rupert over these many years. This was his way of staying in contact with the many friends he made during his time at the County. His lunch schedule was so booked, even his wife and daughter had to make lunch dates with him weeks in advance.

Every year after he retired from the County, he and his “Buds” would go up to Sitka, Alaska to fish for Salmon, Halibut and Rockfish. Some would say Rupert's fishing technique was unique in that he could fish while sleeping the majority of the time. His main function during these fishing expeditions was to document the fun he and his friends were having using his many video recording and photography gadgets, later to brag about it on the internet. They don't call him “The Lord of the Sea” for nothing.

Rupert loved to help people. He donated his blood and platelets on a monthly basis because he had a special blood type that was in high demand. He donated so much blood that he received numerous plaques to commemorate the many lives he saved. Over 10 people reached out to Rupert over the years to personally thank him for donating blood and saving their lives.

Many fond memories were made when Rupert and his family would travel along the Pacific coast. Each year, they would camp at different campgrounds near Bodega Bay with their friends and sometimes with herds of cows at Bodega Dunes.

In addition to traveling, he enjoyed cooking and gardening, especially growing giant Beefheart tomatoes and hot peppers. When his daughter, Ilsa, was a child, she would “help” him in the garden. She would follow behind him and take out the “weeds”, but they were actually the plant starts he was planting. “CAROL!!! HELP!!!”

Pets were a big part of Rupert's life. When he was a child, he had a pet Pekin duck and multiple cats. Later, Carol and Rupert would breed Bassett Hounds, sometimes with mixed results when a stray dog would jump the fence. Other pets included more cats, parrots, finches, tropical fish, hermit crabs, hamsters, bunnies, a large tortoise and even a tarantula named Herman.

Rupert and Carol used to love to have parties of all kinds at their home that sometimes resulted in visits from the police for being too loud. During one notorious costume party, Rupert came to the door with a face painted on his chest and the officers were laughing so hard that they could barely speak to ask him to keep the noise down.

We will all miss Rupert very much. There was no one like him. His sense of humor, big generous heart, great laugh and huge personality will forever be with us.


Rupert was very clear that he did not want any kind of wake or funeral, so we are having a very casual party.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 11am to 1pm (Please come and go as you like, dress is casual)
5448 U Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Happy Tails Animal Rescue http://www.happytails.org/help/donate.

His ashes will be scattered around the many campsites in the Bodega Bay area where he loved to camp with his family and friends and cows.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “WOW! WHAT A RIDE!!”


Donations may be made to:

Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
6001 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento CA 95819
Tel: 1-916-556-1155
Web: http://www.happytails.org/help/donate


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