Oldest Living Retired State Trooper and Former Benton County Sheriff Turns 100
A man who spent many years of his life serving as law enforcement officer in our area turns 100 years old today.
At 100 years old Bob Rupp is the oldest retired Washington State Patrolman.
He is still telling stories about his 35 years as a Washington State Trooper and his three terms as the Benton County Sheriff.
The bottom floor of the Canyon Lakes Manor retirement home where he lives was packed with friends and family members wishing Bob a happy birthday.
His daughter Bobbi said it’s amazing to see.
“He’s happy to be talking to every single person, his life has been grand and he wants to share that with everyone,” said Bobbi Lochansky.
As old newspaper clippings posted around the room mentioned, Bob left retirement when he was 60 to run for sheriff.
He said he is most proud of the way he turned the department around
“I rebuilt the Sheriff’s office and I brought a lot of plans from the state patrol when I left them,” said Bob.
Current Benton County Sheriff Steve Keane agreed.
He said Bob brought the department into the 21st century
“He acquired an airplane when he was there and we still have it today, they didn’t have a regular fleet of patrol cars and he was able to accomplish that too,” said Keane.
Now a days Bob spends most of his time travelling the retirement home grounds on his golf cart.
He says his daughters took away his actual license but he needed wheels.
Troopers from the Washington State Patrol presented Bob with a certificate and a hat.
He said he will wear the hat with pride as he patrol’s Canyon Lakes in his golf cart.