FORT WAYNE—Coworkers, family and friends recently gathered to congratulate William Shephard on his retirement after 42 years of faithful service as an employee of NIPSCO—Northern Indiana Public Service Company, commonly known as “the gas company.”
Shephard, a member of United Steel Workers Local 12775 union, worked a number of jobs with the company during his career at NIPSCO, including maintenance, machine operator and repairing gas leaks. In addition to a celebratory gathering, fellow union members gave Shephard a watch to honor his service.
He said he enjoyed his tenure working for NIPSCO.
“It’s a great place to work—a good opportunity for young adults,” said Shephard.
A former Metro Youth League football coach, Shephard is and avid NFL fan. In fact, at the top of his post-employment agenda is a plan to use one of his retirement gifts to enjoy his favorite team.
“First thing, I’m going to a Steelers game,” he said, speaking of the legendary Pittsburgh NFL franchise. “They gave me tickets for a game Aug. 8.
His later plans include family and a life of leisure.
“After that, I’ll go visit some relatives. I’m just going to take life easy,” said Shephard.
This article originally appeared in the June 19, 2013 print edition.