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Richard D. "Dean" Shepard


1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Richard D. "Dean" Shepard Obituary
Richard D. Shepard known as "Dean" was born March 27th, 1926 to Lila
Bryant Shepard and Charley Phelitus Shepard known as Ship in Cope,
Colorado a thriving farming community at that time. He attended school
on the hill north of Cope and graduated from the 12th grade. His
father departed this earth in 1934 of cancer when Dean was 7 years
old. His mother remarried Francis Wrape who was a farmer and a great
Step-Father although it took Dean and his siblings a long time to
realize what a good man he was.
Dean joined the United States Army in 1959 and served in combat in
both Korea and Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1966. After his
discharge he went into the prescription delivery business for 5 years
and then landscaping for about 3 years. He then decided to go back to
work for the government to complete his retirement and was employed at
the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and later at the Marine
Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina as a school bus driver
where he retired in 1987.
Dean met Bertha Humphrey the summer of 2000 and they were married
September 3rd, 2000. They loved to go dancing, in fact that is how
they met, they have been inseparable for over 14 years. He enjoyed
their many traveling adventures. Dean was known for his never ending
supply of jokes and stories.
Dean was a member of the American Legion and a life member of both the
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Dean was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, Step-Father and
older brother Glen,
He is survived and will be missed by his wife Bertha and
Stepdaughters; Cynthia Liggette of Raytown, MO; Alberta Naill and
husband Ken of Fort Morgan, CO; Ellen Strong and husband Jimmy of
Utica, MS; Patty Ehrlick and husband Mark of Johnstown, CO. Sister
Joyce Klassen of Yuma, CO; Niece Jary of Fort Morgan, many
grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends.
Services will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the
United Methodist Church of Akron. Interment will follow at the Akron
Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Akron or Otis VFWs or
the .
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Feb. 4, 2015
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