John Leroy Shepard, 76, Carbondale: March 21, 1947 – Nov. 18, 2023 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

John Leroy Shepard, 76, Carbondale: March 21, 1947 – Nov. 18, 2023

CARBONDALE, Kan. – John Leroy Shepard, of Carbondale, Kan., took his final ride into the sunset Nov. 18, 2023, at the age of 76. John was born March 21, 1947, to LeRoy (Shep) and Eula (Coffman) Shepard.

John spent most of his life in the Overbrook, Kan., and Carbondale area.

John graduated from Overbrook Rural High School and Emporia State College. After graduation, he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army Reserves. John worked many years at Shep’s Enterprise and Collins Industries. He also worked at Wolf Creek Energy Plant, and then worked in sheet metal, retiring from Sheet Metal Local Union No. 2.

John spent many years on the ball field, playing slow pitch for Roy’s Boys and Rappard’s Insurance. He was an avid coon hunter with his Dad, and over the years he owned many mules for leisure, competition, and hunting. John was a member of the Midwest Mule Club for many years, and his children learned to ride mules at an early age. John was also a valued member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 20 years.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Shep and Eula, both maternal and paternal grandparents, and grandson, Corey Shepard II.

Left to cherish his memories are his children, Eustacia, (James) Fager, Topeka, Kan., Jennifer (Mark Abbott) Phipps, Delphi, Ind., Corey (Crystal) Shepard, Topeka, and Josh (Missy) Barrett, DeSoto, Kan.; grandchildren, Gabriella, Alexandria, Isaiah, Preston, Bailey, Kaleb, Nevaeh, Elisabeth, Austin, Israel, Lacy,  and Dakota; great-grandchildren, London, Adalynn, Hudson, Guinevere, Ocean, Braxton, Grayson, and Dale; sister, Linda Prockish; several nieces and nephews and cousins; and many lifelong friends.

Per John’s wishes he was cremated. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Jan. 6, 2024, at Grace Community Church, 310 E. Eighth St., Overbrook, KS, 66524, with burial to follow at the Overbrook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Carbondale Masonic Lodge No. 70, PO Box 112, Carbondale, KS 66414.


One Response to John Leroy Shepard, 76, Carbondale: March 21, 1947 – Nov. 18, 2023

  1. Mike O'Bryhim says:

    Very sad to read John's obituary. Johnny and I spent a lot of time together growing up in Overbrook. He was a classmate and friend. We raised a little Hell but never did much harm. He was a good man. God willing I'll be there at the Memorial Service.

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