Eugene ‘Gene’ H. Sheppard

TRIMONT – A Celebration of Life service for Eugene “Gene” H. Sheppard, 88, of rural Trimont will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont, Minn., with Pastor Anthony Christoffels officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Gene was called to his eternal rest Wednesday evening, Feb. 19, 2014, at the Trimont Health Care Center in Trimont, Minn. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

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Eugene Harrison Sheppard was born May 3, 1925, in Waverly Township, Martin County, Minn., to Percy and Sarah (Ask) Sheppard. He was baptized and later confirmed in 1939 both at Waverly Lutheran Church. Gene attended District #3 in Waverly Township and then attended District #62 in Galena Township then attended Triumph-Monterey High School graduating with the class of 1943. In his earlier years, Gene enjoyed horse back riding. On Oct. 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Joyce Johnson at Waverly Lutheran Church, rural Trimont, Minn. After their marriage, they farmed in Waverly and Galena Townships and Gene drove school bus for Kramer Bus Service and later for Martin County West for over 30 years. Joyce died March 26, 1998. He continued living on the farm until moving into Temperance Lake Ridge Assisted Living in Sherburn. He was a lifelong member of Waverly Lutheran Church where he held various church offices, was a deacon, past president, Sunday School teacher, sang in the church choir, served on the church council and was the official bell ringer for many years. Along with his wife, Joyce, they were Lutheran League sponsors. Gene served on the Galena Township Board for 17 years and was in several plays in Trimont and in the Fairmont Opera House and was master of ceremonies for several Trimont events. He enjoyed bowling where he bowled in leagues in St. James, Truman and Fairmont. Gene was an avid reader and he enjoyed playing his baritone in the Trimont Centennial Band.

He is survived by his three children: son, David (Jolene) Sheppard of Mankato, Minn., daughter, Susan (Todd) Rathman of rural Trimont, Minn., and daughter, Lynette (Kevin) Shaw of rural Welcome, Minn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Kay (Dick) Pope of rural Trimont; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Jane) Johnson of Mankato, Arlen (Ruth) Johnson of Waite Park, Minn., Pastor Earl (Linda) Johnson of Dell Rapids, S.D.; sisters-in-law, Alice Johnson Olson of Bloomington and Barbara Johnson Hegg of Sioux Falls, S.D.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Sarah Sheppard; father and mother-in-law, Arnie and Ragnal Johnson; wife, Joyce Sheppard; daughter, Jennifer Sheppard; brothers-in-law, Ronald (Marlene) Johnson, Dennis Hegg and Charles Olson; and other relatives.