Billy G. Chesser

May 10, 1928January 7, 2019
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Billy Gean Chesser, passed away on Monday, January 07, 2019, at the age of 90. He was married to the love of his life Margaret for 67 years and was preceded in death by their two sons and a grandson. He is survived by his wife Margaret, brother J. L. Chesser, daughter in law Beverly Chesser, grandchildren Tracey, Brittany and Chris, nieces and nephews, family members and numerous friends who count it a blessing to have known him. Bill graduated from Melvin High School in Melvin, Texas, continuing his education at John Tarelton University in Stephenville, Texas, and in 1950 graduated from Texas A & M University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation he began his career with Millwhite/Sun Oil Company in Beaumont Texas in June 1950 as a mud engineer and drilling engineer trainee. He transferred to Sun Production Laboratories in 1954 and became supervisor of the drilling Fluid Section. Over the years he served in the research and technical services groups of Milchem, Newpark, Baker Hughes and Raw Materials Corporation where his work and dedication to the oil and gas industry were innovative and provided technical guidance on product applications and direction to numerous petroleum engineers. In 2006 he was inducted into the American Association of Drilling Engineers Drilling Fluids Hall of Fame for his seminal contributions to water-based mud technology, corrosion control, filtration control, shale stabilization, and dewatering. Throughout the years he was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he wrote many articles and his contributions were unmeasurable. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe, Texas from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The funeral service will be on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Cashner Funeral Home beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or charity of your choice.


  • Margaret Chesser, Wife
  • J.L. Chesser, Brother
  • Beverly Chesser, Daughter-in-law
  • Grandchildren Tracey, Brittany and Chris, nieces and nephews, family members and numerous friends who count it a blessing to have known him.

  • Scott Aden
  • Kirk Aden
  • Scotty Brownhill
  • Paul Gundermann
  • Billy Bowen
  • Ray McGlothlin


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Billy G. Chesser

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David Dino

January 10, 2019

I have had the privilege and honor of working with Bill over many years. At first, at Baker Hughes when I came over from the Hughes organization in the 80's; then again while Bill was with RMC and I with Elementis in the 90's plus. Over these years Bill continuously showed his mud brilliance intertwined with his kindness and ability to mentor. Bill will be missed by many for his contributions to the drilling fluid industry and more for his friendship and willingness to help and guide others. God bless Bill, Margaret and their family.

Butch Cantey

January 10, 2019

To: Bill's Family
My name is Butch Cantey and I had the privilege to know and work with Bill(mostly on the phone) from when the Newpark/Milchem merger came about until I retired from Baker Hughes in Lafayette in 2012. Such a brilliant, smart man but so down-to-earth that you could talk mud with and get an answer that a mud engineer could understand! May the Lord of us all comfort you during this sad time.
Godspeed to you all.

Bob & Gale Decker

January 9, 2019

Although I knew of Bill, I had never met him until May of 1982. We had an "undercover meeting" at a Holiday Inn Bar in Houston. I was working for Newpark Drilling Fluids and Bill was working for Milchem and we were inviting Bill to join our new company. Well, he did and that was the beginning of a loving and lasting friendship with Margaret and Bill that has lasting ever since. Love is a word often used by friends when they describe their relationship with Bill. He was a wonderful and brilliant gentleman. We will miss him greatly.