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Jere Sheppard passed away from complications with Parkinsons. At the time, he was surrounded by family. Jere was born in Millen, Georgia to Arthur and Florine Turk Sheppard. He was raised in Waynesboro and attended college at Clemson University. In 1954, Jere joined the Air Force and completed electronics school. His military assignment was the 779th A, C and W Squadron, Opheim, Montana. Upon completing his four year enlistment, Jere accepted a position with RCA at the Opheim Radar Facility, later transferring to the radar site near Kalispell, Montana. In 1963, Jere relocated to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Montana. His career while in Montana included time with the DOD and later with the FAA. In 1990, Jere transferred with the FAA to Longmont, Colorado to the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). In 1995 Jere retired after 38 years of Federal employment. On May 12, 1956, Jere married Shirley Padgett in Glasgow, Montana. Jere and Shirley were blessed with four children, While in Montana, he developed a love of hunting, fishing, golfing and camping with the family. He was active in Little League and in 1971 took the Cooties, a team that his son pitched for, to the title of first place. Our father had such a large impact on these young players, many kept in close contact with him over the years. Jere was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Rex. Jere will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Shirley; daughters Laura Vukasin of Great Falls, Montana; Karen Sheppard of Commerce City, Colorado; Kristen Sprigg of Lafayette, Colorado; and son Mitchell (Rebecca) Sheppard of Copperas Cove, Texas. Jere also left behind seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister Bess Poole of Gainesville, Georgia; and sister-in-law Marguerite Sheppard of Cataula, Georgia. We feel greatly blessed to have been able to call him husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jere was one of those special people who always tried to make a positive difference in everyone's life. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye and with amazing joy that we will see him again one day. It brings us comfort as we can just imagine him sitting with the Good Lord ( Jere's words) as he says to Jere "Well done good and faithful servant!" From the Family of Jere Sheppard- We would like to thank the nurses, therapist and staff at Life Care Center in Longmont, Colorado for their tireless attention and for the care they took while he was with us. Their kindness, love and support they showed him and us will always be in our hearts. They told us that his positive attitude and smile during his walk with them was contagious. A celebration of Jere's life will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:00pm at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1000 15th Avenue in Longmont. Jere's favorite snack was ice cream and cookies, so please join us for an ice cream social directly after the service.
Published in Longmont Times-Call on July 25, 2014
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