John L. “Shep” Shepherd, 61, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday morning, November 23, 2013 at his home. He was born in Lima, Ohio on February 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.
John retired from Nash Finch where he worked for 33 ½ yrs 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 a conversation with anybody.
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, Ohio; 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.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine with Tom Wilson officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Burial will be in Huntsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.