Reverend William D. Shepherd, resident of Houston since 1972, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 30, 2014. He was born of John and Emma Shepherd in Henryetta, OK on June 25, 1928.|
"Bill" Shepherd, as he was known to a host of Houston friends, lived a full and fruitful life with multiple careers. He was president of his senior high school class in Henryetta, OK and joined the US Navy immediately upon graduation. He served in a branch of Naval Intelligence in both World War II and the Korean War and attained the rank of Communications Technician 1st Class.
Bill was graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma in 1954 with a BS degree in Geological Engineering. He was employed by Shell Oil Company for over 33 years, serving in various engineering, geological, and managerial positions. The last 15 years before retirement were spent in Houston as Corporate Hydrogeologist, assisting in the mitigation of all hydrocarbon and chemical losses in the US.
In his secular work, Bill was a registered Professional Engineer, a Professional Geological Scientist, a Professional Geologist, and a registered Professional Hydrogeologist. He was the author of numerous technical papers and articles in the field of Hydrogeology, having lectured at universities in Canada, Europe, and throughout the US. He performed site assessments relative to groundwater quality in 42 different states. He assisted in the preparation of regulations pertaining to groundwater with state and Federal as well as Canadian and European regulatory agencies.
Upon retirement from Shell Oil Company in 1987, Bill worked part-time for 14 years as a Consultant Hydrogeologist. He provided assistance in groundwater matters to Saudi Arabia, France, Mexico, and The Netherlands, as well as state regulatory agencies and corporations in the US. At the time of his death, Rev. Shepherd and his wife had been in all 50 states and 76 foreign countries.
Rev. Shepherd was also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He served in several states as youth leader, deacon, evangelist, and assistant pastor, pioneering a new church in New Orleans and serving as a home missionary in Alaska. Bill's first love was Christian Education and teaching the Bible. He served for a time as Sunday School literature consultant for the Assemblies of God, and was Christian Education Representative for the Houston Section, involving 31 churches. He was Christian Education Director for Faith Assembly of God Church for 11 years.
Rev. Shepherd loved and believed in the Bible as the inspired Word of God. He taught the Bible in Sunday School for over 42 years. He had read the Bible cover to cover 34 times and the New Testament 112 times at the time of his death. He wrote several articles for national church magazines, and has authored three published books on the Bible.
William D. Shepherd is survived by his wife Rose Marie whom he married on June 4, 1949. Four daughters: Kathy Marie Campbell of Houston, Deanna Kay Bolbecker of Cypress, Gayla Sue Dunbar of Owasso, OK, and Sandra Lynn Copeland of Houston. He is also survived by six grandchildren: David Michael Campbell, Brian Lowell Campbell, Sarah Marie Thomas, Eric Stephen Dunbar, Crystal Rose Dunbar, and Samuel Jesse Copeland; seven great-grandchildren, Jon Alan Queen, Justin Tyler Campbell, Reagan Elizabeth Campbell, Avery Madison Campbell, Braxton Lee Campbell, Corinne Marie Thomas, and Hope Evangeline Thomas; two great-great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn Makinley Queen and Kaycee Marie Queen. Rev. Shepherd is also survived by his sister, Pauline Martin of Henryetta, OK, and a host of family and friends.
His funeral will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 8, at Faith Assembly Church, 7755 Fairbanks N. Houston, Houston TX 77040. Viewing will also be held at the church from 6-8PM on Friday, February 7, 2014. Interment will be at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine Dr, Houston TX 77055. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Faith Assembly Church Missions toward building a church in his honor.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2014