William Whipple

William Enoch Whipple

Friday, December 19th, 1930 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce that Bill passed away peacefully, on Jan.17, 2020, surrounded by his family and friends. His good nature, humour and quick wit, brought many friends into his life. And he loved life!

After graduating from high school at Kirkwood Missouri, his birthplace, he enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, and was sent to the Mediterranean as Staff Sargent in Telecommunications. After the service he enrolled in Pre-Med at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, then switched to a BA in Business Admin.

Where he obtained his degree. In 1955 he married Gloria, and they were blessed with 7 daughters:

Christina(Doug) Burren, Delburne AB, Denise Oberst(Gene Roach), Red Deer AB, Theresa (pre-deceased) 2012, Elizabeth Whipple, Nordegg AB, Angela Duffin, Red Deer AB, Patrice(Brian) James, Rapid City, South Dakota, and

Dr. Joy Whipple(Dr. Tom Denker) Whitefish, Montana. Bill is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

In 1970, Bill had an opportunity to buy a foundry, and took a course in Kansas City, Missouri on foundries. He then bought the foundry in Calgary, AB, from Keith and Faye Ball, and moved his family from St. Louis, MO to Calgary, AB. He re-located the business to Delburne, AB in 1975, where it is now owned and operated by his daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Doug Burren and their family.

Bill’s favorite hobbies were camping and fishing, as well as golf, gardening , music, dancing, art, bowling and a good swim. He was a do-er, go getter and activist for many causes, where his sayings were well known to many; “Find a need and fill it”, “Let’s do it”, and “Always remember to smile”. He had a deep love and respect for what nature had to teach all of us. He also often said, “I wish I could have become a doctor”.

A big thanks and sincere appreciation to all the doctors, nurses and staff on Unit 21 and Unit 32 at Red Deer Hospital. A special thanks to Dr. Conradie and Dr. Holmes.

Also thank you to everyone Bill met and considered his family at Revera Aspen Ridge for their kindness and support.

If desired in lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in Bill's honor may be made directly to The Heart and Stroke Foundation at, to the Alberta Cancer Foundation at, to Parkinson Canada at or to the Parkinson Clinic at The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Condolences can be forwarded to the family care of

Or mailed to Whipple Family, Box 175 Delburne, AB T0M 0V0
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Neil Wagstaff

Posted at 01:57pm
I have many fond memories of Bill that I would like to share with his family. I got to know Bill well during the 1980s and considered Bill to be a very good friend.

Bill had an uncanny ability to always be positive even when he faced serious disaster and crisis in his personal life.

When Bill moved to Delburne he became a huge promoter and ambassador for the Village of Delburne. For a number of years he worked hard to maintain a Chamber of Commerce in Delburne. He was instrumental in getting the Delburne Economic Development Co-op established and the business incubator building developed. He served on a regional economic development board for a few years and was a board member with Midcentral Credit Union. He was so determined to get a credit union established in Delburne that he built a building to accommodate a credit union.

Bill most certainly was a doer go-getter and activist and I had the privilege of working with him on a number of projects. RIP Bill.

Neil Wagstaff

Brenda Smith

Posted at 11:57am
Bill was such a fixture in Delburne and a lot of what Delburne is today can be attributed to his business and volunteer contributions. I will continue to think of Bill as I drive around town, golf on the course he gave so much time to and driving down my used to be favorite road going to the river. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.


Posted at 07:40pm
I am so sorry to Bill’s family. I loved getting the opportunity to get to know him if only briefly. Rest In Peace bill. You’ve earned it

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