William "Bill" Whipple (May 27, 1915 - July 7, 2011)

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    - Wendy Whipple
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    - William Whipple
  • "I love and miss you Grandpa Bill. I will never forget..."
    - Wendy Whipple
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    - Sabine Janke
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Born May 27, 1915, Bill passed July 7, 2011, at his home. Born to Cassius and Gertrude Whipple in Beloit, Wisconsin, Bill worked at Beloit Iron Works during and until shortly after he graduated high school.

At 18, Bill learned to fly from his older brother, Stiles. After just seven lessons for a total of three hours, Bill did his first solo. He soon taught flying lessons, where he met Betty Thiele, his wife of 70 years.

He was hired on with United Airlines as a pilot in 1940 and was stationed in Seattle from 1940-1950. He then transferred to the Chicago base for four years before returning to Seattle in 1955. Bill remained based in Seattle until his retirement in 1975.

During World War II, he flew soldiers and supplies up to Alaska for the military. In 1968, Bill flew to Vietnam, again with soldiers and supplies, the route he stayed on until his retirement in 1975.

Upon retirement, Bill and Betty sailed their boat on a two-year trip to the South Pacific and back. In 1977, they bought a home in Maui, Hawaii, and lived there for four years before returning to live in Edmonds, Washington. In 1982, they built a home in Port Ludlow and lived there to this present day.

Bill was commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club, involved with the Cruising Club of America and active with the Port Ludlow Amateur Radio Club, Northwest Boaters Net and Pacific Seafarer's Net.

Bill was an avid sailboat racer, adventurer, true captain and a great man. He had a dry sense of humor, a world of patience, tremendous love for his family and inspired many.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons, Bob, Dave and Larry; two nephews; and many grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Remembrances can be sent to the Port Ludlow Fire Department.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 24, 2011
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