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William H. (Bill) Kreipke Jr.

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WILLIAM (BILL) H. KREIPKE JR. Age 93, passed away peacefully at Eisenhower Medical Center, Palm Desert, on June 4, 2015, due to complications from Alzheimer's. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Barbara M. Ruch Kreipke. He is survived by his wife, Wilma (Willie) B. Lacy Kreipke; two daughters from his first marriage, Janet M. Zylman and Susan K. Beller; three grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. Born in Detroit, MI, Bill earned his mechanical engineering degree from General Motors Institute in 1942. He served in WWII as a Naval Mine Disposal Officer (Lt (jg)). Upon his discharge, he returned to Detroit, and the Fisher Body Div. of General Motors Corp. In 1959, Bill moved to Sacramento, CA and was employed with Aerojet General for 25 years as a Quality Control Manager of the Solid Rocket Fuel Division, retiring in 1984. He also owned Englebright Marina in Smartsville, CA from 1970 to 1973. In 1997, he and his second wife, Wilma, moved to Indio, CA where they spent their retirement golfing and socializing with their many friends. Bill was a devoted husband and father. He camped, boated, fished, water and snow skied with his family. Although not a Catholic, he was always involved with his daughters' Catholic schools. Bill lived life with zest and enthusiasm, always active with some project, building an early prototype electric car, model trains, and his beloved wood working. Over the years he built several houses from the basements up including all the finish woodwork. Golf became his main pleasure in his later years. He passed his love of reading and local history to his daughters. The family will not be holding a public service and ask that in lieu of flowers to please make a donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 322 8th Ave., NY, NY 10001 (alzfdn.org), Kettering (formerly General Motors Institute), 1700 University Ave., Flint, MI 48504 (Kettering.edu), or to Bill's favorite charity, the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 14, 2015
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