William Lee van Buren Sheppard, 22, a resident of Fairfield, passed away
Sunday, September 24, 2023 at Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.
Visitation for family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
October 5, 2023 at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield with Celebration of Life to
follow at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House or
American Heart Association.
Will was born November 3, 2000 in Iowa City, the son of Bill and Eleanor
(Connole) Sheppard.
Will was a gentle soul who enjoyed the company of many wonderful
friends. He enjoyed music, creating video clips, and playing the guitar. During high
school, he was a member of the Fairfield High School Tennis team. Will was a
psychology student at Indian Hills Community College.
Those left to honor his memory include his parents, Bill and Eleanor
Sheppard of Fairfield; aunts and uncles, Richard Connole, Caroline Carroll, Julia
Connole, Jim Sheppard, Carol Ivan, and Cathy Schulte; and cousins, Emily McLain,
Chelsea Carroll, Nicholas Carroll and Daniel Connole.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Connole, Eleanor
Trask, and William and Betty Sheppard.
Online condolences may be made to Will’s family by viewing his obituary at