William Herschel McFarland

William “Herschel” McFarland of Austin TX. passed away at 93 early Sunday morning, August 29, 2021. 

Born in Leander on February 25, 1928, Herschel was an Atomic Veteran having served as a sailor at Bikini Atoll in 1946 for the first and second plutonium bomb tests in the Marshall Islands during Operation Crossroads. He was a racer of jalopies and stock cars in Texas for over 16 years. Herschel was also a lifelong musician and Texas Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. 

Herschel was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth, sons Richard and Darrell, parents Howard and Emmie, along with three sisters and one brother. Herschel is survived by son Roger, daughter Laura, granddaughter A'Bree, sweetheart Joan Weeden, and many nieces and nephews all of whom he loved dearly. Leaving behind many good Friends and admiring Fans, Herschel will be deeply missed by the lives he touched. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date at Austin Peel & Son Funeral Home.