Apr 012011

William “Bill” Ruple, 84, of Winslow passed away at 8:55 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 o’clock tonight (April 1) at Greer’s Mortuary in Winslow. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the First Baptist Church, located at 411 N. Warren Ave. in Winslow.

Although born in Archer City, Texas, he moved multiple times, finally residing in Winslow from 1970 to the present. For 49 years, Bill made the Santa Fe Railroad his career.

In 1941 he volunteered to join the U.S. Navy, making to the rank of Seaman 1st Class before being discharged as a veteran of World War II in 1946.

Bill was a lifetime member of the VFW, as well as a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sharon Ann Ruple of Winslow; five children, William Lloyd Ruple of Farmington, N.M., Bonnie Zollinger of Bryan/College Station, Texas, JoLynn Hickman of Salt Lake City, Utah, Toni Ruple Hodges of Winslow and Scott Ruple, currently stationed in Fargo, N.D.; three sisters, Ann Beecham, Mary McQuitty and Frontice Reiter, all of Aztec N.M.; 23 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Ruple; his mother, Mary “Mae” Ruple; four brothers, John, Jim, Tom and Buck Ruple; and two sons, Rodney and Clint Ruple.