Dr. Felix R. Shepley
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95, passed away on Feb. 21, 2013 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Fernando Preciado, officiating. Rite of Committal will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home.
Dr. Shepley was born Oct. 1, 1917 to Felix and Marie (Powalsca) Shepley in Massillon, Ohio. He went to Washington High School where the legendary Paul Brown taught him History and was the football coach. After graduation, he went to Xavier University for three years and was then accepted into the Saint Louis University School of Medicine where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After receiving his medical degree, he went to Washington University for his specialty Otolaryngology. After completing his residency in Newark, N.J., Felix was assigned to a U.S. Army Armored Division during World War II. After the war, he then joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was finally honorably discharged with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Dr. Shepley moved to Wichita Falls due to a need for doctors. It was here that he met the love of his life, a nurse anesthetist named Elizabeth Ann Bingham, who took a splinter out of his finger. They married in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in 1954. Moving from the Wichita Clinic, he was one of the founders of the Medical and Surgical Clinic. He practiced in Wichita Falls for over 38 years. Felix was a dedicated doctor, a member of numerous medical associations and the recipient of many accolades. Dr. Shepley was an avid reader and had a passion for learning. He loved to travel by train and was a lifetime member of the National Railway Historical Society, and the International Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in Denver, Colo. He enjoyed relaxing in his pool, smoking a cigar while mowing the grass, and watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Dormsjo.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of the home; five children, Bernie Shepley of Wichita Falls, Mike Shepley and his wife, Stephanie of Wichita Falls, Joan Day and her husband, Richard of Oklahoma City, John Shepley and wife, Tamara of Kansas City, Kan. and Libby Geier and her husband, Rob of South Lake, Texas; and eight grandchildren, Jordan Shepley, Chris and Stephanie Day, Ashley Schroeder, Alan and Lexi Shepley, and Avery and Trey Geier.
There will be a Christian Wake at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at Lunn's Colonial Chapel followed by a visitation. The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Yap and the staff of First Texas Home Health and a very special Thank You to Evelyn, Becky, Lori and Joyce for all the love and care they have provided to our Dad. Memorials may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in The Repository on Feb. 23, 2013