Billy James Shopshire

January 5, 1933 ~ June 9, 2019 (age 86)

Billy James Shopshire, age 86 of Boulder City, NV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2019.


Bill was born on January 5, 1933 in Monroe, Michigan, to the late Horace Jackson and Nellie Florence (Cadle) Shopshire. He later moved to California where he met his wife, Lydia Vergara. They married March 3, 1962.


Bill and Lydia moved to Boulder City in 1971 where they raised their four children. Bill was a beloved friend, father, and grandfather. Those who knew “Papa Bill” were kept entertained by his sense of humor. He could be seen riding around town in his black 1985 Mercedes (or in later years his motorized scooter), at local sporting events, or at the grocery store—all of which were usually accompanied by his grandchildren. In addition to his family, Bill loved old western movies, sports, and visiting with friends.


Bill is survived by his wife, Lydia; sons Michael, Preston, and Roger; his daughter Cheryl (Robert) Herr; siblings Wilma “Bootsie” (Wayne) Asher, Joe Shopshire; grandchildren Emma, Nolan, and Raegan Herr; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his sister Margaret Brooks and his brothers Robert and John “Jay” Shopshire.


While Bill will be missed dearly, his family finds comfort in the thought of him laughing with the angels. A celebration of life will take place on Friday, June 28, 2019 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (812 Arizona St., Boulder City, NV 89005), beginning at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Christopher’s.  Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at 

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