Kenneth Paul Rupe


Ken was born in Eighty-Eight and raised in Glasgow, Kentucky.
He was one of 10 children, and began working from an early age selling candies to factory workers and later earned his own paper route with the Glasgow Daily Times, which he kept until joining the US Navy following graduation from Glasgow High School in 1959.
Ken was assigned to be a photographer and journalist in the US Navy, and stationed at NAS Miramar in San Diego, California, where he was privileged to interview and photograph some of the first American astronauts. Following his honorable discharge from the US Navy, Ken worked as newspaper reporter in San Diego, California. Ken soon moved on to start his own marketing firm where he proudly ran political campaigns for some of the first African-American men and women in San Diego politics.
After meeting his artist wife, Mona Mills, Ken moved to the rural mountainous community of Jamul ("Ha-mool") outside of San Diego, where he became a real estate agent. After obtaining his Real Estate Broker's License in 1982, he opened his own office, Country Properties. Ken specialized in vacant land of the backcountry, where he hand-drafted the first map of Jamul, drafted septic layouts, located prime well drilling locations and personally "tromped the corners" of all parcels with all buyers so that they knew exactly what they were buying and no one could ever take advantage of them. Ken sold much of the land in Jamul, several times over, over the years - he was dubbed "Mr. Jamul" in the early '80s and that is how he is known until this day.
Ken always returned to Glasgow every year to spend time with his sisters, and his numerous nieces and nephews, and in 1994, he purchased the Sneed farm on Lecta Kino to create a permanent family gathering place.
Ken loved his horses, and he loved to ride; riding with his children and neighbors around Jamul for many years. Ken also loved to sing. Son of a preacher, Ken was always singing, belting out his favorite songs with gusto - from old hymns and rockin' country songs, to classics like "I Did it My Way" by Frank Sinatra.
Ken was a driven, independent and generous man. He was always able to fix and build almost anything, often inventing new gadgets to use on his ranch in California; he often said if he had never left Glasgow to join the Navy, he would have been a fix-It man.
Ken planned to retire to his farm in Glasgow this year, to spend more time with his daughter, granddaughters and sisters. However, in the end, Ken lived and died in the place he fell in love with thanks to the US Navy, Jamul, California. But part of his heart always was, and will be with those he loved in Glasgow.
Ken has taught many of us valuable lessons about living life with passion, purpose and determination; especially to never, ever, give up. We would do well to remember and share these lessons in his honor.
Ken is survived by his daughters, Mona Rupe (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Kendra Atkinson (Glasgow); and his two granddaughters, Fiona and Juliet (Glasgow). He is survived by his ex-wife and friend, Mona Mills; and stepdaughter Anna Mills, (both of Jamul, California); and three of his nine siblings, Eula (Glasgow), Doris Ann (Lebanon, Tennessee) and Becky (Indianapolis, Indiana), and numerous nieces, nephews, and their children, in and around Glasgow.
Published on March 29, 2019
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4 posts

Jo Brent Miller Robertson
Apr 07, 2019
I went to school in Glasgow with Kenneth Rupe. He was always kind and I cried reading his obituary. I send his family much love. Kenneth will be missed by many!!!
Hayley Rupe
Apr 06, 2019
R.I.P. Ken Rupe. You will be missed by many. Loved by many more.
Sherri G
Mar 29, 2019
I have several fond memories of Ken. He was always kind, supportive, funny, and a great neighbor. We shared some great horse back rides. I loved hearing his stories of various infamous characters who lived in Jamul. I will never forget how he was there for me one tragic sad day when one of my horses was put to sleep. Ken is unforgettable, and I will truly miss him.
Kendra Atkinson
Mar 28, 2019
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