William (Bill) Rehm, age 91, passed away peacefully at home in Coronado, with his wife by his side, on March 2, 2020. Bill was born in Chicago, raised in River Forest, Illinois and attended University of Illinois and graduated from Rolla School of Mines in Missouri.
Bill was a warm, caring person. His friends have described him as ”a wonderful man with a sweet, steady and caring presence,” “a fine gentleman with a delightful wit and wisdom,” and “a remarkable man who will be sorely missed.”
Bill worked many years in the oil drilling industry in Houston, wrote several books and held many patents relating to his field. In 2008 he received an award from the Journal of Petroleum Technology for pioneering work in the Engineering and Petroleum industry.
In 2010 he was inducted into the American Association of Drilling Engineers Hall of Fame. And in 2011, he received an honorary degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Bill loved visiting with family and friends, photography, keeping attuned to news and world events, traveling, reading, and gardening. He was a member of several camera clubs in San Diego.
Summers were spent in Michigan, where Bill made sure the goldfinches and other visiting birds were well fed as he waged an ongoing battle with pesky squirrels and deer. He enjoyed walks on the beach and boating.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Joan Everds; his daughter Patti Andrews and his son Bret Rehm; his grandchildren: Angela Rose, Vincent Andrews and Stefon Andrews; and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Pattie Miller and stepson, Eddie Miller (who were like daughter and son to him) and their children and grandchildren. Bill is survived, as well, by Joan’s children: Barbara Wilson, Peter Everds, Nancy Everds, Ann Behling and Carol Grandholm and their families.
Graveside services will be held in Rockwall, Texas.