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William "Bill" Frederick Lipstreu was born January 10, 1924 in Aubrey to Otis Arthur and Lula Adams Keen Lipstreu. He graduated from Aubrey school in 1940 and entered North Texas state Teachers College (now NTSU). He left school in 1942 and entered the United States Air Force graduating as a pilot and second lieutenant in June 1944 and began serving in Okinawa June 1946 for ten months flying transport flights.
Bill married Lynelle "Nell" Baker in May 1947 residing in Denton as he finished his college education with a master's degree. In 1949 he began teaching business subjects at Boyd High School. In 1953 he became principal and later in 1956 superintendent. He remained in Boyd until 1970. Bill moved to Springtown as a principal until his retirement in 1986 where Lipstreu Elementary in Springtown is named for him. He was a 50 plus year member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge and a member of the Eureka Lodge in Springtown.
Retirement was a great time for them at the Circle W RV Ranch in Rockport. Bill loved to fish, play golf, play cribbage and Texas Hold em. He also volunteered at the Live Oak Elementary School in Rockport. He was able to enjoy most of these until April of this year when congestive heart failure weakened him and he returned home to Wise County. Bill loved Rockport and has many close friends at the Circle W. He was a perfect gentleman with a kind forgiving heart and was loved by many.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nell; daughter, Mykel Blanchard; infant grandson, Eric Gromatzky; and his brother, Dr. Otis Keen Lipstreu, professor at University of Colorado in Boulder.
Survivors: daughter, Sandy Brown and husband, Richard of Boyd; grandsons, Donny Brown and his son, Luke both of Springtown, Barry Brown and wife, Michelle and their daughter, Jaycee all of Boyd; special friends, Ruth and C. L. Carlisle of Springtown; all former students and good friends at Circle W in Rockport.