George E Shepard, 93, Valley Falls: July 8, 1927 – Nov. 13, 2020

VALLEY FALLS, Kan. – George E Shepard, 93, of Valley Falls, Kan., passed away Nov. 13, 2020, at his residence. He was born July 8, 1927, in Carbondale, Kan., the son of Roy Shepard and Lois (Martindale) Shepard.

He grew up in the Carbondale area, and in 1960 the family moved to Valley Falls, where he continued farming.

On September 6, 1945, George began his service to his country in the United States Army. During his service, he earned the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon. 

On August 15, 1948, George was united in marriage to Charlene Reed, at the E.U.B. Church in Richland, Kan. They shared 69 years of loving marriage until the death of Charlene in November 2017.

George was a dedicated and hardworking lifelong farmer. He was still farming up until his death. He loved farming, and in later years he was able to travel with Charlene and his daughters.

He is survived by six children, Nancy Shepard (Jerry Senne), Topeka, Kan., Larry Shepard (Sue), Valley Falls, Tom Shepard, Valley Falls, Michael Shepard (Dawn), Valley Falls, Becky Shepard, Topeka, and Sallie Meyer (Tom), Valley Falls; a sister, Margarette Piper, Carbondale; and 17 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

George is preceded in death by his wife,​Charlene Shepard; three brothers, LeRoy Shepard, Robert Shepard, and Charles Shepard; four sisters, Lola Tryon, Mary Snell, Lilly Massek, and Katherine (Leach) Shepard; grandson, Todd S. Golder; and a daughter-in-law, Susie Shepard.

To honor George’s life, funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Carbondale Community Church of Christian Fellowship, 430 Commercial St., Carbondale. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Berryton, Kan. The Shepard family will greet friends for a visitation at 1 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service, at the church. The services will also be live-streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook Live page.

Memorial contributions can be made to Jefferson County Hospice, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences can be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.

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