William Floyd Shepherd
Jr. was born on November 17, 1933 in Mill City, Oregon to
William "Floyd" Shepherd Sr. and Lucy Ellen Bates.
He grew up in Mill City and graduated from Mill City High School
with the class of 1953.
Soon after graduating
from high school on August 28, 1954, William would marry Wilma
Jull who he met through their Church Youth Group. This
would start 64 years of marriage and the creation of a big
family legacy. The two would raise their family in Mill
City. William found work in the lumber industry, as so
many in the area do. He worked at one time as a mill worker but
ultimately changed to truck driving in different capacities.
life was often very busy. At home he was often gardening
but he spent a lot of time reaching out in the community.
He was a member of Mill City Christian Church his entire life as
well as the North Santiam Historical Society. William also
served as a Volunteer with Senior Meals as a dishwasher, as well
as, for the Mill City Food Pantry. Many remember his
generosity as he was always one of the first to respond if
someone needed help.
Family was very
important to William and even though he lived a busy life, he
made time for family. They would often go camping on the
coast or he would involve his family in working around the farm,
picking blueberries, hauling hay or feeding his cows. He was
very proud of all his children and grandchildren following their
lives and interests closely.
In 2015, William was
honored with the title Mill City Independence Day Grand Marshall
and by the Mill City Lions Club as Citizen of the year.
William passed away on
December 20, 2018 in Mill City, Oregon. He was preceded in death
by his parents William Sr. and Lucy; Sister, Florene and
He is survived by his
loving wife Wilma; Children Leroy (Jean), Jerry and Bonnie;
Grandchildren, Matthew (Renee), Michael (Dayann) Jesse, Amanda
(Jonathan), Nathan and Great-Grandchildren Josiah and Evangelyn.
A graveside service
will be held on Thursday December 27th at 10:00 AM at Fairview
Cemetery in Gates, Oregon followed by a Memorial Service at Mill
City Christian Church at 1:30 PM. Memorial contributions
can be made to Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp or Mill City Christian
Church Building Fund (PO Box 78, Mill City, OR 97360). Arrangements entrusted
to Weddle Funeral Service.