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Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home

9700 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

William Lewis Zipoy

January 18, 1941February 10, 2020
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William Lewis Zipoy

Known as Zip by his friends, Dad by his sons and Papa by his many grandchildren, our father was born at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 18, 1941 to Thomas and Elvera Zipoy. He had two sisters, Helen and Joan, and one brother, Roger. He met our mother Bonnie Perry in seventh grade and became sweethearts in high school. They married when they were both 20 years old. On March 18th, they would have been married 59 years.

Our Dad served in the Army as a heavy vehicle driver and was active duty for six months. He graduated second in his class at Northwest TV & Electronics and was quickly hired by IBM. He then attended night school and graduated from the University of Minnesota. After nearly four years of marriage and now a career at IBM, they welcomed their first son, Blake, on January 4, 1965. 23 months later, their second son, Brad, was born on December 2, 1967. Then three years later, Brent was born on June 1, 1970.

Our Dad spent the next 38 years as an electrical engineer and in management, retiring from IBM in 2002. He worked on the RISC 600, 2501, 5100, and 2540 series for State Farm. He then went on to work for Newisys for the next several years before finally retiring for good and traveling the world with our Mom.

Our Dad was an amazing father. Always ready with a joke, he was the first one to grab the microphone at Cub Scout pinewood derbies or Indian Guides gatherings. He was our coach on all of our sports teams, always making us prove to the rest of the players why we were the starters. He taught all three of his sons how to be good husbands and even better fathers. He was blessed with three daughters-in-law; Carol, Laura and Lynn and seven grandchildren; Joshua, Abigail and Morgan from Blake; Perry and Peyton from Brad; and Jacob and Haylie from Brent. In 2017, my Dad became a great grandfather with the birth of Jax to his grandson Josh. A second blessing came last October with the arrival of Jax’s brother, Lane.

Our Dad always loved having his family around him, relishing in traditions like having fondue on Christmas Eve and attending every family reunion. He loved traveling the world with our Mom, beating players thirty years younger racquetball, and woodworking different projects for my Mom’s craft shows.

Our parents kept very busy. Every afternoon, my Mom and Dad would play Rummikub, keeping a running score and converting their many friends to the game. He loved watching his grandchildren participating in all their activities. Both Mom and Dad were extras in movies like The Rookie where he played an umpire. They volunteered as ushers at many venues in Austin, their favorite being One World Theatre. And you could always find our Dad singing along to his favorite singer, Celine Dion. One of his highlights being receiving an autographed copy made out specially to him at one of her concerts.

Our Dad is our hero. He is the one person we have all tried to be like. And the world is a little less bright with his absence. The one thing we do know is that his legacy, character and traditions will always live on for generations by the lives he touched and smiles he created.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 17, 2020

Memories

William Lewis Zipoy

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sharon wood

February 21, 2020

Bonnie....It was so sad to hear of Bill's death. We just saw each other at the reunion and it was like old times.
I have known both of you since....I can't remember when but we were very young.
I pray that you and your family are keeping each other close and enjoying your memories of a wonderful man.

Sharon Wood

Tracy Schremp

February 19, 2020

Brad, sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Praying for your family

Don Piller

February 18, 2020

Hi Zipoys just got the notification of Bill's passing. Really hated to see this as Zip and I were good friends and somehow got each other through IBM and the UofM at the same time for many years.
Some of my best memories is of Zip and I playing Cowboys with Blake and Brad. Bill and I would get together in the evenings to study. I always had to be the cow as Zip had the higher rank of horse. A fun time.
I have just too many good memories of Zip. I share in your lose. Don Piller

Jim Dillinger

February 17, 2020

As a new hire, I remember fondly working with Zip at IBM Rochester and then moving to Austin together. We got into management about the same time and we worked closely again when I was the chip test interface and Zip managed system integration and bring-up. When first hardware had an issue, Zip kept a positive teamwork attitude (with no finger pointing) that then carried over to the whole team. Zip helped make work fun and was a positive influence on us all.

Best wishes, Jim Dillinger

Patty Overfelt

February 16, 2020

Zip, your "kids" are really going to miss you. For those reading this memory you may not know how everyone who worked with or for Zip were his kids. Yep you were automatically adopted and probably earned a pet nickname. You would be mentored, loved and blessed to have him in your life. I was a lucky one and worked for and with Zip for 20+ years. A wonderful, loyal and dedicated man. Dedicated to his wife, children, grand children and great grand children. His friends and family were important to him. He was dedicated to his work and the people he worked with. There was no job to small or large...each one received the same attention.

This man loved to have a good time! He could make you laugh and turn a frown into a smile with very little effort. He was going to have fun like it or not. He wanted you to have fun too.

Zip even shared his sweet bride with us.. He referred to Bonnie, his wife as his bride. Bonnie, you are not alone. Please know all these people writing about your crazy hubby would do anything possible for you and we are here for you always.

The world has lost a great man who left a footprint on mine and many hearts. Zip, Bill, Papa and Dad, you will be remembered.

Joe Conklin

February 14, 2020

If the actor Barry Fitzgerald had a technical twin it would have been Bill. He shared operational secrets when we took on the thin client worldwide launch with his contacts and "flexible" approach to the "can't do it that way" folks.
Heart felt condolences to Bonnie and family,

Steve Rowe

February 14, 2020

Bill was my manager at IBM for several years early on in the RS/6000 development and then after the system was announced. One of the best managers I've ever had in my career. He will be missed by those that knew him.

My prayers are with Bonnie and boys. May the Lord give you peace in this tough time.

Vicky Dill

February 14, 2020

A wonderful friend to bros like Mario Perez and Joe Conklin; an excellent world traveler and ace logistical planner. What a view Bill must have now!

Blayne Maring

February 13, 2020

Devastating news. Nadine, our family, and I extend our sincerest sympathies to Bonnie and family.
Bill and I both hired on to IBM in Rochester, MN at about the same time in 1964. We became hunting and fishing buddies and had several enjoyable outings to far northern Minnesota, along with 2 or 3 other mutual friends (all IBM). Quite a few poker games involved as well . Bill always brought the laughs for these events.

Nada Stearns

February 13, 2020

Dear Bonnie,
No words could ever express our sadness for you in your loss; losing Bill, is all of our loss. The two of you together, always natural and sweet and he truly loves (because love never dies) you, forever.

Bill always referred to you as his bride, how sweet an example of the spirit of love for you.

I always loved seeing him volunteering at our One World summer camp or at a show, ever smiling and always called me “kiddo”. He made me laugh.

We are ever grateful to have known Bill and he will ever be in our hearts. Let us know if we can help in any way. Love you so much, Your Nada, Hartt, Tracy and all of us at One World

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