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William (Bill) Ray Poppe

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, William Ray Poppe (Bill), a loving husband, father of 2 and grandfather of 2, passed away at the age of 76 in Medford, Oregon.

Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 8th, 1943, the second of 4 children. Most of his youth was spent in the Midwest town of Whitewater, Kansas. He received his undergraduate teaching degree from Bethel College. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Jolene in 1964 and began his career in teaching. In 1967 they joined the Peace Corps and spent 2 years in Central America. With that adventure complete, Bill went back to school and received a Master's Degree from Oklahoma State University. Bill and Jolene moved to North Bend, Oregon in 1971. Bill spent 30 years in education, as both a teacher and administrator. In 2015 Bill and Jolene moved to the Medford, OR area to be closer to family. Bill loved teaching and exploring the world around him. He loved interacting with people, gaining knowledge and sharing knowledge. In some ways he never really stopped teaching. 

This June Bill and Jolene would have celebrated their 55th year of marriage. Their two sons were the center of their lives. Bill's favorite hobbies involved Oregon beaches, ocean fishing, hunting and traveling. In later years Bill became an avid rock hound and enjoyed lapidary. Bill and Jolene are blessed with many lifelong friends and thoroughly enjoyed traveling and visiting with them.

Bill was preceded in death by his youngest son, Jason and parents Louis and Dorothy. He is survived by his wife, Jolene: Eric and wife, Kathy; his two grandchildren, Jordan and Kennedy; his brother, Roger and wife, Lolly; his sister, Donna; his sister, Debi and husband, Tim; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. We love you Bill. 

In lieu of flowers, donate to RedemptionRidge.org. Service will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Rd, Coos Bay, OR on April 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm. 


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2100 Siskiyou Blvd

Medford, OR 97504


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I was a student of Mr Poppe when he first started teaching science in NB. One of my (many) favorite teachers. Spent lots of hours with him as he gamely sponsored our small, motley crew of students in the Science Club and even took us camping! So sad to think that his perpetual smile and good humor is now missing from this world.
Condolences tohis family.

Brenda Hankins Troisi Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William (Bill) Poppe

Sara Meracle Mar 19 2019 12:00 AM

We were deeply saddened to learn of Bills death. Having been a classmate for most of my years in Sunday School, then in 5th grade and 8th to 12th in the Whitewater schools, I have lots of memories of good times when Bill was around. School plays, Senior trip, and all the fun we had in classes when we would get the teacher off the lessons and on to other subjects, Bill would sometimes be the leader in said events. It was great to learn that he married one of our classmate, Jolene. We were always happy when Bill and Jolene would be home for class reunions. I always looked forward to the Christmas letters to see what hobbies and travels they had been on. Good bye old friend...we will miss you.

Sue Ellen Ash Mar 13 2019 12:00 AM

To the Poppe family and friends please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one William. Jehovah God Psalms 83:18 loves and cares about all of us he is the God of comfort 2nd Corinthians 1:3, 4, we are precious to him he never planned for us to die Genesis 1:27, 28, he views death as an enemy and very soon his son Jesus Christ will bring the Last Enemy death that affects all mankind to nothing 1st Corinthians 15:26. Jesus Christ will proceed in resurrecting the loved ones we have lost in death back to life Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-5 jw.org.

Sacamenta Landrum Mar 12 2019 12:00 AM