John L. ‘Shep’ Shepherd


John L. “Shep” Shepherd, 61, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 23, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Lima on Feb. 20, 1952, to Melvin E. and Dee Mawhorr Shepherd. His father, Melvin “Bus” Shepherd, preceded him in death in 2006, and a brother, Roger Shepherd, was killed in Vietnam.

Shep is survived by his mother, Dee Shepherd of Bellefontaine; his companion, Teal Allen of Bellefontaine; his children, Ken (Tiffany) Shepherd of Piqua, Roger (Maggie Bowen) Shepherd of Marysville, Ashley Shepherd of Bellefontaine, Jeff Adams of Russells Point and Alisa (Marek Jazier) Cordle of Columbus; grandchildren, Reggie Shepherd, Porter Shepherd, Matix Shepherd, Cassidy Bowen, Blair Carroll, Kylie Adams, Katelyn Cordle, Ethan Cordle, and many more children who thought of John as their father or grandfather; a brother, Mark (Heather) Shepherd of Blanchester; nephew, Jackson Shepherd and niece, Kadance Shepherd; an aunt and uncle, Lucille and Ed Post of Bellefontaine; and Teal’s children, Jaimi (John Morrow) Price of Zanesfield, Candice (David) Kirkpatrick of Bellefontaine, Jonathan (Sara) Allen of West Mansfield; and her grandchildren, Dakota, Austin, Summer, Sierra and Makinnly.

John retired from Nash Finch where he worked for more than 33 years as a forklift driver. Shep was a member of the VFW Post 1080 Men’s Auxiliary and the Bellefontaine Moose Lodge 2568. 

He loved his Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Corvettes.

A very social person, John never met a stranger and could carry on a conversation with anybody.

Tom Wilson conducts a funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where visitation is two hours prior. Burial is in Huntsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice.

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