Pixley Funeral Home


William Patrick Shepard

March 28, 1949April 24, 2021

William “Bill” Patrick Shepard, age 72, of Rochester Hills, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2021. Bill was born on March 28, 1949 in Lansing, Michigan, son of Homer Davis and Gertrude Marie (Guenther) Shepard. He graduated from East Lansing High School in 1967 where he enjoyed playing on the football, basketball and baseball teams. Upon graduation Bill attended Northwood University and Principia College where he started on the football team. Bill had a long career managing his family business, Shepard’s Shoes. He began working in the store at a young age and eventually elevated to positions in sales, before assuming a managerial and ownership role. Later in his career Bill transitioned into commercial Real Estate, and prior to his retirement worked with disadvantaged youth in St. Louis, Missouri. He retired in 2015 and moved to Rochester Hills, Michigan to be close to his family. Bill always enjoyed all things sports, whether it was playing, coaching or watching. He most enjoyed spending time with his immediate and extended family and vacationing to Florida and Northern Michigan. He will be greatly missed. Bill is survived by his three loving children Allison (Nick) Miller, Marc (Kathryn) Shepard and Steven Shepard; eight grandchildren whom he adored: Nayeli, Karyna, Brockden & Lorelai Miller and Brendan, Ryan, Madelyn & Ethan Shepard; brother Joseph (Claire McCaskill) Shepard, sister-in-law Nancy Shepard, brother-in-law Jerry Smith and many loving nieces, nephews & grandnieces & grandnephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister Gail Smith, brother Donald Shepard and sister Mimsy Shepard. A memorial service will be held in July of 2021.


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Susannah Castillo

May 15, 2021

I only knew you a short time Bill, but you made a huge impact on me. I loved taking care of you. We had fun and many laughs along with some difficult times. I had to be quick thinking to keep up with you at times. You have a wonderful family Bill. Rest In Peace my friend