William ‘Bill’ Saville, who grew up in Ridgefield, died Wednesday, June 12, in Joplin, Mo., after a long illness. He was 59 years old.

Mr. Saville was born in Pittsfield, Mass. on July 9, 1953, son of Harriet  Bristol and the late Richard Saville. He grew up here and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1972.

He spent many years in Boy Scouting and was an Eagle Scout.

“Bill was a bright, gentle person with a great sense of humor,” his family said. “He dealt with adversity with a cheerful note and never complained.”

Besides his mother, Mr. Saville is survived by his close friend, Tamara Leyh of Joplin, Mo.,  and her children, Justin Henson of Joplin, Gary Henson of Joplin, and Chrystal Henson of Tahlequah, Okla ; three sisters, Amy Otten and her son, Geoffrey Olsen, Alison Saville and her daughters, Sarah Kralovic, Amanda Kralovic, and Bethany Kralovic, Barbara Ray and her husband, Richard, and their children, Chelsea Ray, Kristen Evans and Cameron Ray.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Cookeville, Vt.

Memorial contributions may be made to Klinefelter’s Syndrome and Associates, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 872, Pine, Colorado, 80470-0872