William Lee “Bill” Ebaugh
I have met a lot of people in the insurance business over the years, but Bill Ebaugh stands out. His knowledge and connections within the insurance industry was amazing. He was a master salesman, story teller, and visionary. His life’s experiences were something out of a movie. He attracted the best in everyone he met.
One day he called me – “Hey Bill, why don’t you do a write up on what your’e doing with political subdivisions. It needs to be published!” So with much prompting I did as he suggested.
A month later I received a call from Bill – “Bill (we are both named Bill), what are you doing on December 17th?”
“Why nothing Bill, whats up?” I replied.
“The State of Wyoming wants to see you on the 17th. You will be getting a call from the governor’s office setting up the trip at the state’s expense” he announced.
Yeah right I thought. “Bill I will wait for the call” I said and hung up the phone. I turned to my secretary and said “Bill is one hell of a joker!”
I was in Wyoming on December 17.
– Bill Rusteberg
Reno – William Lee “Bill” Ebaugh, a 23 year resident of Reno, passed away on March 16, 2018. He was born on March 10, 1930 to Robert and Edith Ebaugh and spent most of this life in Southern California. He managed to accomplish many things in his 88 years on this earth.
He served briefly in the U.S. Air Force, before joining the Baldwin Park Police Department and rising to the rank of detective commander. Later, he would make a career change to the insurance industry that would last the rest of his life. There, he worked his way up from salesman to senior executive of several insurance companies. During this time, he had such a love of flying that he earned his private pilot’s license. Most importantly, he was a loving father to 5 children, grandfather to 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.He was always surrounded by his many friends and he cherished this time with them. You will be missed immensely by everyone that knew you!
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Apr. 15, 2018