William B. Vandermeer

May 27, 1947January 5, 2019

William B. Vandermeer died at home on January 5, 2019. He was born on May 27, 1947 in Jeffersonville, IN. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn York Vandermeer, his three children Randall (Vicki), Tim (Melissa), and Diana Truesdale (Jason) and his five beloved grandchildren Delaney Truesdale, Kallie Vandermeer, Maryn Vandermeer, Tim Vandermeer, and Dakota Truesdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Melvin (Vandy) Vandermeer and his first-born grandchildren Kinsey and Ryan Vandermeer.

Bill was a Purdue educated electrical engineer and spent most of his career with Schlumberger on the Gulf Freeway and later in Sugarland.

He was an avid bike rider with the Schlumberger Cycling Club. He rode in the MS 150 for many years and was dedicated to its cause. In later years he continued to work with the club as support on the road.

His family and friends will celebrate his life on Wednesday January 9, 2019.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019

William B. Vandermeer

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Randy Holman

January 11, 2019

Carolyn, so sorry to hear the news of Bill's passing.

We can hardly believe that it's been over 45 years since we were first introduced to you guys in Sherman, Texas. Even though ya'll thought we talked kinda' funny and we even drank Dr. Pepper, we hit it off great.

I will never forget the times that Bill and I would go fishing or go out to shoot the 22 rifle, or just hang out having fun near Lake Texoma. I worked hard at it but I don't think Bill ever really became a "country" boy.

I really hate that we wound up living so far apart over the years. But you guys have always been in our thoughts and prayers.

We are just so sad to hear of all the health issues! I just don't have the words to elegantly express our sorrow.

Randy and Gretchen Holman

Scott Chesser

January 8, 2019

Carolyn and kids,

Working with with Bill for 29 years was one of my greatest privileges. We shared the triumphs and disappointments of our many engineering projects and enjoyed each other's company (Mostly). We did get on each other's nerves occasionally!

We spent many days and nights out on oil rigs testing the prototypes we had designed. His dedication and attention to detail made all of those around him produce at a higher level. He was my boss, my mentor, my colleague...but mostly, my friend.
May God bless him and comfort him...and help and comfort you during this most difficult of times.
Scott, Jan & Elyse

Bill "Max" Endress

January 8, 2019

To Caroline and family I am truly sorry for your loss and for the passing of one of the finest men I have known. As a technician for Schlumberger I had the privilege to work for Bill during the 90's on the AIT and MRX projects. I had the utmost respect for his engineering abilities and the way he treated and respected everyone he worked with. For his accomplishments with Schlumberger he will truly be missed by many. I'm sorry I cannot attend the service Wednesday but my thoughts will be with Caroline and family. Gob bless.

Ron Witt

January 8, 2019

Bill and I first met when we were in the same 3rd grade class. We met for the first time on the playground where we were playing marbles. I lost most of my marbles to him and I would soon find out that he would beat me in nearly everything the rest of my life. We remained friends through grade school, where we started a 6th grade "class" baseball team, to junior high where we started playing football, to high school where we continued football and ran track. Then on to Purdue where we were roommates. If memory serves, I think I had a little to do with him meeting Carolyn.

We drifted apart after college. I don't really know why. I missed the wedding because I as serving in the military. I should have been a better friend and found you when I got out. But I didn't for which I am sorry. Bill, you are and will always be my cherished friend. I will never forget you for all the time we had together.

Carolyn, God bless you and your family. You are on my heart and prayers

Holly Brown

January 8, 2019

Caroline and Family,
I am so sorry for you lost. I wish I could be there but unfortunately I can not get away in time.

I will always remember the great host that Bill was to me when I visited. Especially the time he drove and met my mother and I. He had to sit and wait for us, because I was late and got lost on the way to the restaurant.

Caroline I am glad you are surrounded by your kids and their families during this difficult time. May you all receive strength and remember the good times.

You are in our hearts and thoughts.