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Bill Triplette - March 26, 2010

William “Bill” Leroy Triplette, 69, was born Nov. 20, 1940 to Frederick J. and Mabel (Senseney) Triplette in Fort Morgan. He died March 26, 2010 in Loveland.

Bill moved with his parents, brother Robert and sister Yvonne to a farm southeast of Holyoke in the early 1940s. He graduated from Phillips County High School in 1958. Following graduation, Bill worked in construction, specializing in concrete forming and finishing and helped construct the grain elevators in Holyoke and surrounding areas for Chalmers and Borten.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force on Jan. 31, 1962 and served at bases throughout the United States. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 28, 1966 with a rank of 43151E jet aircraft mechanic from Clinton-Sherman AFB, Oklahoma.

On May 16, 1964 Bill married Mae Jindra in Lincoln, Neb. They were blessed with eight wonderful children: Terri Ann, Richard, Darrell, Gloria, Beverly, William, Asa and Randall Scott. Throughout their lives, they lived in Indiana and areas of Nebraska, including Lincoln.

Bill was a founding member of Tamora Volunteer Fire Department in Tamora, Neb. and was its first chief. He experienced a long and successful career with the Nebraska Department of Corrections as the head of Maintenance, supervising many employees. He retired Sept. 13, 2002.

On Oct. 20, 2001 Bill married Gwen Ellen Kramer, a fellow PCHS classmate. Throughout the past eight and a half years they shared a lifetime of love and excitement. He was a wonderful husband. There was never a dull moment when Bill Triplette was around! They enjoyed traveling and together, Bill and Gwen continued to own and operate TNT Enterprise, a very successful pest control and lawn care business, which he and his son, Bill, established in Lincoln. Gwen will continue their business for their many loyal customers.

Bill could hardly wait for summer to come so he could race his car at Phillips County Raceway. He never cared if he won—he wasn’t in it to win; he was in it for the love of it. He loved the adrenaline, the excitement, the camaraderie and the challenge, as well as loving the folks he raced with and his super pit crew.

Bill served on Holyoke City Council from April 2004-April 2008 and worked hard for the employees. He was also a member of American Legion Post #90.

He and his best friends loved to golf, although he said he wasn’t very good, but he was always ready to play. They also enjoyed many poker games and had many laughs around the table.

Nebraska college football was a true love of Bill’s. He was a true fanatic and a very faithful fan; but then again, what else is there to do in Nebraska? He almost always had the last laugh though, as Nebraska handily defeated Colorado yet again.

He had an incredible love of life. In the eight short years since he returned to Holyoke, he developed a depth and breadth of friendships that few people ever have the opportunity to enjoy. When he cared, he cared with all his being. He was a faithful friend and a father figure to many. Many people’s lives were enriched because of Bill Triplette.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Mabel; first wife, Mae; and son, Scott.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen of Holyoke; mother-in-law, Eileen Rudder of Holyoke; step-mother, Mabel Triplette of Holyoke; brother, Bob and wife Ardyth Triplette of Venango, Neb.; sister, Vonnie Webster and Gary Cranwell of Broken Bow, Neb.; children, Terri Ann and husband Bob, Richard and wife Connie, Darrell, Gloria and husband Larry, Beverly and husband Chris, Billy Joe and wife Jennie and Asa and wife Melinda, all of Lincoln; step-daughters, Rebecca Oliver and husband Randy of Holyoke and Julie Tonsing and husband Mark of Merino; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Bill will be deeply missed by his loving family and many loyal friends.

A celebration of his incredible life was held March 31 at Baucke Funeral Home in Holyoke. Burial was held April 2 at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Lincoln.