William Edward Findley, Jr. passed peacefully unto The Lord with his family by his side on August 27, 2018 at the age of 96. He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. He fulfilled his vision and dream of building Findley Engineering Service Company into one of the finest companies in the energy industry.
Bill was born July 20, 1922 to Sylvia Woods Findley and William Edward Findley in Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in Dallas, Texas, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1940. He received an Associate Degree in Science from North Texas Agricultural College (University of Texas at Arlington) in May 1942. He then studied Petroleum Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. As a member of the Navy ROTC V-12 program, he was commissioned an Ensign and called to active duty in World War II. He was sent to The University of California at Berkeley for Engineering, Science and Management War Training in Marine Power Plants. Upon graduation in August 1944, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Wyandot, AKA-92 as the Engineering Officer in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he was discharged as a LTJG and returned to The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1947.
He married his college sweetheart, Peggy Friedell in June 1947 (who passed away from cancer in 1967), with whom he had three children: Bill, Steve and Patty. He went to work as a Sales Engineer for Black, Sivalls and Bryson in Oklahoma City. He was transferred to Alice, Texas in 1948. In December 1949, he founded Findley Engineering Service Company. He and Garman Kimmell (founder of Kimray) built a Split Stream Lab Truck to test gas wells in South Texas, beginning as a one man, one truck company. In 1962 he incorporated the business as FESCO. He dedicated his whole life to the men and women of FESCO, building a company known throughout the energy industry for its integrity and taking care of the employees.
In 1959, he and four others were tasked by The City of Alice to form the Alice Water Authority to ensure a stable water supply for the City of Alice. He remained active on the Board for 59 years, until his death. The City of Alice honored his contribution naming the Alice water reservoir, Lake Findley. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in The State of Texas, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of A.l.M.E., American Petroleum Institute, Texas Mid-Continental Oil and Gas Association, Natural Gas Processors Association of America, Corpus Christi Area Gas Measurement Society and others. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of The Advent where he served on the vestry. He was a member of numerous civic organizations including Rotary Club, Jim Wells Master Planners Commission, Alice Chamber of Commerce (past director), the Alice Industrial Foundation as a Charter Member. He was a director at the Christus Spohn Hospital of Alice. In 1977, he was named Alice Citizen of the Year. His generosity and benevolence were expressed quietly for organizations and people including the Gulf Coast Council of Boy & Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Alice Boys and Girls Club, Texas Exes Life Member, Maxine Flournoy Third Coast Squadron of The Commemorative Air Force and many others. He was a Charter Member of History's Handful for Campus Crusade for Christ International. In 1970, he married Phyllis Wooley.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Sylvia Findley, his sisters Mary Jane (Billie) Findley Austin, Sylvia Margaret (Lillie) Findley de Haas, his wife Maude (Peggy) Friedell Findley, his daughter Patricia (Patty) Findley (Scott) Eldridge, and his second wife Phyllis Wooley Findley.
He is survived by his son William Edward (Julia) Findley III, grandson Shawn Findley and step-grandchildren Matthew (Melanie) Morgan and Amanda (Cal) McAllister. His son Steven Friedell (Eddie) Findley and grandchildren Travis (Tammy) Findley, Justin Findley and Sara (Brian) Wallace, and great grandchildren Landry and Merritt Wallace. His stepchildren Jeff (Sherry) Wooley and their children Ryan, BJ and Allison (Christian) Scacco; John (Ianthe) Wooley and their daughter Carey Beth; Janet (David) Reed and their children Meredith, Caroline (Brian) Mitchell and David (Chloe) Reed; and Jody (Pat) Dowley and their children, Zoe and Philip, and numerous nephews, nieces and great-grandchildren. We were truly blessed to have Bill in our lives.
Visitation will be held at Holmgreen Mortuary on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Alice, Texas with a reception following the service.
The family would like to thank the men and women of FESCO for their dedication, loyalty and kindness shown to him. The family also wishes to thank Sheila Resendez, Gracie Garcia, Cynthia Gomez, Tina Vasquez, Grace Alvarez and Connie Longoria for the special care given to their father. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses of Christus Spohn Shoreline and PAM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Episcopal Church of The Advent Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1937, Alice, Texas 78333, The Alice Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 689, Alice, Texas 78333 or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, 2061 E. Main St., Alice, Texas.
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