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William Riddle

William (Bill) Riddle died Oct. 29, 2012. He was 85.

According to his wishes, no services will take place.

Bill was born Dec. 4, 1926, to Veta Bilello Riddle and John Riddle in Welch, Okla. At age 6, Bill moved with his family to Oregon where he attended school in Bend and later graduated from Vancouver High School in Washington. Bill joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and served until 1947. He went to Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and earned his BA in 1951 and a master’s degree in 1967. He married Beverly Wagner of Yosemite National Park in 1954, and they moved to the Bay Area where Bill worked in San Francisco for Arthur Anderson. In 1956, they moved to Grass Valley, Calif., and he worked for Litton Engineering before returning to the Bay Area, where he worked for 32 years in various electrical industries, eventually starting two businesses of his own, Trendar and Trendcom. In 1982, Bill sold to 3M and retired, moving back to his beloved Nevada City, Calif., in 1992. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of ASCC. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518. Bill and Bev traveled extensively during his retirement years. Bill was active with Little League and Boy Scouts in his early years, and in retirement, he was a supporter locally of The Friendship Club.

Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly June Riddle; son Bill (Katie) Riddle Jr. of Fremont; daughter Nancee (Stephen) Beals of Truckee, Calif.; grandchildren Jed and Shelby Beals and John and Grace Riddle.

Memorial Contributions may be directed to Santa Clara University – Riddle Family Scholarship, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 95053.

Services are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City, CA 95959.


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