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Delores J. Van Riper

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Delores J. Van Riper Obituary
March 21, 1926 - April 15, 2017 Delores "Billie" Van Riper passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Arcadia, California. Born in Houston, Texas, while her family was on vacation, Billie was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, the second of four children. She attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1944. While still a high school student, she learned to fly small planes, earning the money for lessons at a variety of part-time jobs. Billie passed the tests for her private pilot's license at the age of 17 - the 2nd youngest woman in Lincoln to be granted this license! Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Van Riper, and by their daughter, Karen; her parents, Alma and John Bloom, and her sister, Betty Bloom. She is survived by her two children, Suzanne (Wes) and John (Loray); six grandchildren (Kaitlyn, Rob, Rachel, Kyle, Sally and Brenda); and by two great-grandchildren (Hannah and Parker). Billie is also survived by her brothers, Richard (Kay) of Smiths Grove, Kentucky, and John (Donna) of Marshall, Virginia. Billie met Bob in Lincoln, while Bob was on leave from the Air Force, introduced by Billie's best friend, who happened to be Bob's cousin. Sparks flew and the two stayed in touch until Bob's discharge from service. They were married in 1946, and honeymooned on a train bound for Los Angeles, Bob's birthplace. Billie made lifelong friends at Highland Park Baptist Church, and worked at the Bank of America until she was told that wearing maternity clothes in a position that assisted customers was not allowed. How times have changed! Raising her children, making a happy home and volunteering in the PTA were Billie's main interests during the 1960s and 1970s. She took photography classes at Pasadena City College, and produced some amazing black and white photos of her family and the Southern California area. Billie belonged to several women's golf groups and loved walking the links, enjoying courses all over California. After attending classes and learning how to bill medical insurance, Billie worked in several local doctors' offices, retiring in her 70s. In her later years, Billie kept up with the lives of her children and grandchildren, enjoyed day trips with the Arcadia Travelers, and loved talking about her wonderful flying years. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Billie's memory to the Arcadia Senior Center (check payable to the City of Arcadia, with Senior Programming noted) or Arcadia Travelers (check payable to Arcadia Travelers), 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007; or to a . To share memories of Billie, the family may be contacted at [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 2 to May 7, 2017
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