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Thomas Edward Shepherd


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Thomas Edward Shepherd Obituary

Thomas Edward Shepherd, 68, of Marysville, CA, died peacefully, April 4, 2016 in Marysville, CA. Tom was born September 16, 1947 in Oakland, CA to Edward and Mary Katherine Shepherd. When his mother passed away in 1958, he lived in the Bay Area with his father, then moved to Georgetown, CA where he lived with his uncle and aunt, Joe and Isabelle Alves. He lived there, along with his cousins, whom he considered sisters and brothers, Barbara Ann Revaz and Barbara Jean Duclose, Jackie DeLaney and Jerry Alves.

Soon after Tom graduated from high school he joined the Air force, serving as a Jet Engine Mechanic during the Vietnam War. Many of his fellow airmen became friends for life After he was honorably discharged from the Air Force he worked at Safeway in the Bay Area, until his aunt and uncle needed his help running Joe's Market in Yuba City. It was there, he met the love of his life, Colleen. They were married February 17, 1973 and remained married until Colleen's passing in 2009.

Tom worked in the grocery industry most of his life. With his experience, drive and work ethic he once again was hired by Safeway and quickly worked his way to store manager. He managed stores throughout the Marysville/Yuba City area. In 1986 Tom went to work for Albertsons. While working for Albertsons Tom achieved tremendous success. In Redding, CA Tom became store director where he won Store Director of the Year for all of Albertsons stores. For his reward he was given a trip to Rome, but knowing his mother-in-law, Helen Miller, would love to go, he gave up his ticket so Helen and Colleen could enjoy the trip of a lifetime together. He was that kind of a man! He was then transferred to Phoenix, AZ as store director. He was also known as a specialist who put together and opened several new Albertsons in that area. He became district manager in the Portland, Oregon Division and later district and regional manager in the Sacramento, CA area. Many co-workers often called his contribution to the grocery business as "legendary". He retired from the grocery industry in 2005. Soon after he started a real estate business with his son, Tony, in the Roseville area.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed the thrill of the catch and the hunt. He was a Raider's fan all the way. If the Raiders were on television you can bet Tom was watching an nothing else mattered! He enjoyed going to the games and loved the Silver and Black. In the 1970's Tom was involved with Sutter Buttes Little League where he managed his stepson, Joe Halter's baseball teams. When Joe turned 12, he managed his son's Tony's baseball teams in Yuba City, CA and Redding, CA. He enjoyed watching his grandson, Cole's football and baseball games in Roseville and his step granddaughter Brooke's soccer games in Wheatland.

Tom enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and in-laws. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and the Holidays. Every Christmas Tom and Colleen invited the family to their lovely home. It was always decorated with the glitter and gold of the Season. Tom often said it was his favorite time of the year. When someone said how beautiful the decorations were, Colleen always responded with a smile, "Tom decorated!"

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Mary Katherine Shepherd, his wife, Colleen of 36 years, his aunt and uncle, Isabella and Joe Alves, his sisters, Shirley Quinter and Jackie DeLaney, brothers, Douglas Baker and Jerry Alves.

His survivors include his brother, John Baker (Nancy) of Oakland, CA, son Tony Shepherd (Kim) of Roseville, step-daughter Robin Humpreys (John) of Plumas Lake, step-son Joe Halter (Anne) of Plumas Lake, whom he helped raise with Colleen. Tom considered them his "children". He is also survived by his grandchildren Cole Shepherd and Jaycee Shepherd of Roseville, step grandchildren: Jeremy Reynolds (Ashley) of Lacey, WA, Cyndie Kaitie Reynolds of Yuba City, Chad Reynolds of Corning, Jeannie Gerht (Alden) of Las Vegas, NV, Joey, Jr. Halter of Plumas Lake, Jessica Halter of Olivehurst and Brooke Humphreys of Plumas Lake. His survivors also include 5 step great-grandchildren. Tom never used the word "step" among those he loved. He is also survived by his cousins, Barbara Jean Duclose of Rancho Cordova, CA and Barbara Anne Revaz of Placerville, CA, both of whom Tom was raised with in his teenage years in Georgetown, CA.

After Colleen died, tom shared a home with his brother-in-law, Glenn Miller of Marysville. They were the best of friends. Tom leaves behind many in-laws whom considered him their "brother", and was "Uncle Tom" to many nieces and nephews, who were very much part of Tom's family. They will all miss his jokes and his love of football and the Raiders.

Tom will be greatly missed. He was a man who earned respect by those who knew him, a person who knew no enemies (unless your team happened to be playing against the Raiders). He loved and was loved back. Every tear that is shed, is a memory. Tom will have many tears shed for him. He was a strong link in our family chain, and one day that chain will become a full circle again. For now, Tom is being held in God's embrace and celebrating in Heaven that he is once again with his loved ones who went before him, especially his beloved, Colleen.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Tom's honor Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:00 am at Sierra View Mortuary, 4900 Olive Avenue, Olivehurst, CA. A gathering will follow at the home of Joe and Anne Halter, 1302 Deerwood Drive, Plumas Lake.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 11, 2016
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