Adolph Frederick “Herky” Rupp dies at 75

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The son of legendary UK basketball Adolph Rupp, 75-year-old Adolph Frederick “Herky” Rupp, has died.

The retired farmer and cattle breeder died on Wednesday.

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“Herky” attended the University of Kentucky from 1958-1962, where he majored in history and political science. While attending UK, he played freshman and varsity basketball for his father.

Rupp battled cancer for 10 years, and was the former Chair of the American Cancer Society for Fayette County where he organized the first American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon fundraiser in Lexington.

His family issued a statement following their loss, saying, “Our family is devastated and grieving the loss of our beloved father, loving husband, and doting grandfather. Our father led an exemplary life and will be forever remembered for the kindness he showed to everyone he met. He truly was the ultimate gentleman. His kind, gentle, and caring nature was unparalleled and made him loved by many. We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and we will miss him terribly. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”



Services for Rupp will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 30th at Centenary United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Milward-Broadway.

Memorials can be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children/Lex (Attention Herky Rupp), 1900 Richmond Rd., Lex 40502, and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.