Graveside service for William “Bill” Frederick Lipstreu, 88, of Springtown is 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Springtown Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.
Lipstreu died Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Decatur.
Born Jan. 10, 1924, in Aubrey to Otis Arthur and Lula Adams Keen Lipstreu, he graduated from Aubrey school in 1940. He started college at North Texas State Teachers College but left in 1942 and joined the U.S. Army Air Forces. In June 1944, Lipstreu became a pilot and second lieutenant and began serving in Okinawa in June 1946, flying transport aircraft.
He married Lynelle “Nell” Baker in May 1947. They lived in Denton while he finished his college education with a master’s degree. In 1949, Lipstreu began teaching business subjects at Boyd High School. In 1953, he became principal and was named superintendent in 1956. He remained in Boyd until 1970.
Lipstreu moved to Springtown as a principal and worked there until his retirement in 1986. Lipstreu Elementary in Springtown is named for him.
Lipstreu was a 50-plus year member of the Boyd Masonic Lodge and a member of Eureka Lodge in Springtown. He and his wife retired to Circle W RV Ranch in Rockport where he fished, played golf, played cribbage and Texas Hold’em. He also volunteered at Live Oak Elementary School in Rockport.
Lipstreu was preceded in death by his wife; daughter Mykel Blanchard; grandson Eric Gromatzky; and brother Otis Keen Lipstreu.
He is survived by daughter Sandy Brown and husband, Richard, of Boyd; grandsons Donny Brown of Springtown, and Barry Brown, and wife, Michelle, of Boyd; and great-granchildren Luke and Jaycee.
Memorials may be made in his name to the First United Methodist Church in Springtown, 109 West Third St., Springtown, TX 76082, or the First United Methodist Church in Boyd, 540 S. Allen St., Boyd, TX 76023, for the purchase of school supplies for needy children.