Bill Sheppard, beloved husband and father, passed away on June 3, 2021 at the age of 79. He was born in Arcata to Jack and Eleanor Sheppard.
Bill graduated from Arcata High School and Humboldt State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Bill also served in the National Guard, as well as other volunteer public service positions. While still a student at Humboldt State, he worked as a surveyor in the backcountry of Humboldt County. After receiving his degree, he went to work as an engineer for Winzler and Kelly in Eureka. Bill then branched out and started his own construction company, building and working on many of the water and sewer systems he had earlier designed. Bill truly loved being a contracting engineer and made many close friends through his work.
Bill had an appreciation of old things, especially antique drag saws and old tools. He enjoyed woodworking, long Sunday drives and being at home spending time with his family. husband, dad, granddad, great-granddad, brother and friend; the greatest man we have ever known. He has quietly done so much, for so many.
He was welcomed to heaven by his parents, Jack Sheppard and Eleanor Sheppard Kearney. He is survived by us, who love him beyond measure: wife Myrna Sheppard; children Paul Sheppard (Laurie), Pam Sheppard Getchell (Howard), Holly Sheppard Aitken (Neil); grandchildren Howard Getchell (Darlene), Billy Getchell (Caitlin), Ali Sanderson (David), Ben Sheppard (Hannah), Lance Aitken, Bruce Aitken and Quaid Aitken; great-grandchildren Charley Getchell, Gilliann Getchell, Elliana Getchell, Asa Getchell, Cooper Sanderson and Logan Sheppard; brother Roy Sheppard (Sylvia); sister Eleanor Lendahl; nephew Jack Sheppard and niece Kelly Sheppard.
Our family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Hospital, especially the doctors, nurses and technicians in the ICU for their outstanding care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to the Blue Lake Fire Department or your favorite charity. The family will be holding a private celebration of life.
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