William Michael Risinger, age 78, of Belton, known to his loved ones as Mike, passed away unexpectedly on, December 31,2023, in Temple, Texas. He was born on November 26, 1945, in Wellington, Texas. The world has lost a remarkable individual whose life was dedicated to his family, career, and passions.
Mike had an illustrious career as a Soil Scientist for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. After forty-two years of remarkable service, he retired in June of 2008. Not content with simply enjoying his well-deserved retirement, Mike started his own consulting company called Risinger Soil Survey in Bell County. His expertise and dedication were renowned throughout the industry.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Mike's most cherished moments centered around his family. It was through mutual friends that he encountered Susan McDonald, and with determination and persistence, they were married on June 2, 1990. Their union brought immeasurable joy into their lives as they embarked on a journey filled with profound love and happiness.
Mike found solace in knowledge and self-improvement. He graduated from Bula High School in 1964 as Valedictorian and continued his education at West Texas State University and South Plains Junior College before ultimately obtaining both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree from Texas Tech University. His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable.
Those who knew Mike often described him as the smartest person in the room. His profound depth of understanding extended beyond the realm of soil science. Mike could engage anyone in conversation and leave them enlightened by imparting his wisdom willingly to all. His kindness and caring nature were endearing traits that touched the lives of so many who had the privilege of knowing him.
He possessed an innate ability to fix anything that came across his path. Whether it be broken appliances or troubled spirits, everyone sought Mike's assistance knowing that he would lend a helping hand without hesitation. Through his warm and approachable demeanor, he never met a stranger and would strike up conversations with ease. Each interaction left people walking away with a newfound knowledge or insight, as Mike was always eager to share his wisdom.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Mike found solace in a variety of hobbies and interests. He was an avid angler who could spend hours casting his line into peaceful waters. Golfing brought him joy, allowing him to connect with friends while enjoying the great outdoors. Working on cars became a form of relaxation, as he tirelessly tinkered away. Furthermore, Mike excelled in the art of knife making, producing beautiful creations that often served as cherished gifts. Hunting was another passion that embraced the wild spirit within him, bringing him closer to nature.
Mike's sudden passing leaves behind a void that can never be filled. While his absence weighs heavily on the hearts of his loved ones, they find solace in knowing that he accomplished so much throughout his lifetime. His dedication to his career and the impact he made will forever be remembered and celebrated. However, above all else, Mike took immense pride in his family. They were the foundation upon which he built his life, and gave them strength with his love and support.
Left to honor his memory is his wife, Susan Risinger of Belton, his brothers, Pat Risinger and his wife, Joyce of Brownwood, Ron Risinger of Knox City, Jimmy Risinger and his wife, Vicky of Center Point, his sisters, Jacque Everett of Odessa, and Lisa Suttle and her husband, Gene of Canyon; four cherished grandchildren, his daughter in law, Amber Risinger of Temple, numerous family members, and friends.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Zoy Risinger, his son, Dennis Michael Risinger, his daughter, Sara Ruth Minan and her husband, Jose, and his brother in law, Gary Everett.
Those who had the privilege of knowing William Michael Risinger will remember him as an exceptional human being whose kindness knew no bounds, and whose intellect inspired all who crossed his path. The impact he made during his life will continue to resonate throughout eternity.
A memorial service will be held on January 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Lakeview Baptist Church in Belton with Pastor H.K. Ballard Officiating. Friends and family are invited to join together to celebrate his life. In Lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Boys Ranch by Cal Farley, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or charity of choice in his memory.
In honor of Mike's legacy, donations can be made to a charitable organization of your choice. As we bid farewell to this extraordinary man, let us hold dear the memories, lessons, and love he shared so effortlessly. The world has lost an exceptional soul, but his spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.