He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Verna, his sister Jean Caro of Orange County, California, his sons Greg Ripley, Vance and Jeff, along with sixteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grand- children.
Bill was born and grew up in Nampa, Idaho.
At sixteen he learned to fly, and although not getting his private pilot’s license until in his mid-forties, flying was always a love of his.
He attended Boise State University.
He moved around some before settling in Spokane, where he worked and retired as an engineer with the city street department.
He was involved in many construction projects for the city including the Worlds Fair Expo ‘74 and then the development of Riverfront Park.
The greatest moment in his life as he would tell you was in 1963, when he chose to dedicate his life to do the will of his heavenly father Jehovah God and to help others come to a greater understanding of his purpose.
He enjoyed the privilege of serving as an elder in a local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
He will be remembered as a loyal husband, devoted father and grandfather as well as a loving shepherd of God’s flock.
A memorial will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 2405 East 57th.