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William Leipold


1920 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
William Leipold Obituary
Few who knew Bill Leipold ever knew the full extent to which he was an extraordinary man. Bill was born in Streator, IL, grew up in Ottawa, IL, raised his family in northern NJ, spent the last 40 years of his life in the Denver area, and quietly passed away at home at age 92. Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years and mother of his five children, Patricia Feehan Leipold, and later by his middle son, John L. Leipold. Bill is survived by his children Linda Eakes of Leawood, KS, William C. Leipold, Jr. of Superior, CO, Gayle and husband Jeff Booms of Broomfield, CO, and Bruce A. Leipold of Westminster, CO; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and by his only sibling, Helen Matt, of Deerfield, IL. In 1942, after earning a degree in Chemical Engineering at the Univ. of Illinois, Bill met and married "Patty" and immediately left for 33 months to serve his country overseas in WWII as a 2nd and later 1st Lieutenant in the US Army. During the war years, Bill's distinguished service earned him a Purple Heart with two clusters, Bronze Star, Croix de Guerre, Distinguished Service Unit with two clusters, Combat Infantry Medal, and Theatre Ribbon with seven campaign stars. Upon his return to civilian life, Bill jumped into corporate life with a focus on cutting-edge plastics technology. Over the course of his business career, Bill would buy, fix, then sell many plastics operations. As an entrepreneur, he pioneered in the development of technology to manufacture plastic bags and he invented the first ribbed-plastic floor runner material used in new and model homes. He was best-known as one of the four founders and technical genius of what is now called Bubble Wrap. Quiet, friendly and unassuming, he never boasted of his achievements. An adventurer, leader and gifted engineer, Bill spent the rest of his life traveling, skiing, and actively managing his many investments, often serving as board member, partner, or president of those business ventures. Through all of it, Bill was the consummate gentleman, respected for his business acumen, integrity, and vision. He retired in 1969 at the age of 49 after selling Raritan Plastics and its division, Patti Plastics, the company he named for his wife, Patricia.The family held a private burial/memorial service on March 23, 2013.
Published in Denver Post on Mar. 31, 2013
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