DARREL SHEPARD

Sept 1, 1938 - July 20, 2014 ALLEN, TX Darrel Don Shepard, of Allen, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 20, 2014, at the age of 75. He was born Sept. 1, 1938, to Farrel Burton and Ruth (Kerran) Shepard in Custer City, OK. Darrel married Deanna Ashlock on Aug. 12, 1960, in Oklahoma City. Before residing in Allen, Darrel spent the majority of his life in Oklahoma. He graduated college from Central State University in 1962, then continued his education by receiving his master's in educational administration from the University of Oklahoma. He had a 32-year career with the Oklahoma City Public Schools, holding several positions before retiring as an Assistant Superintendent in 1997. Darrel was also extremely active in civic affairs. He served on The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Oklahoma, Boy Scouts of America, OKC Beautiful and the North Oklahoma City Rotary Club (past President). He was a longtime member of Britton Christian Church, serving various positions, including Elder and Chairman of the Board. Afflicted with Crohn's disease, he also served as both National Vice-President & Treasurer of the United Ostomy Association. After retiring, he and his wife moved to the Lake Texoma area. He is survived by his wife, Deanna Shepard, of Allen, TX; son, Steve Shepard and wife Denise, of Allen, TX; his grandchildren, Garrett, Sarah, Keaton, and Luke Shepard, all of Allen, TX; sister, Kerran Williams and husband Allan, of Granbury, TX; and his brother, John Shepard and wife Verna, of Blue Springs, MO. Darrel was preceded in death by his parents, Farrel and Ruth Shepard; and sisters, Kay Cosby and Cora Marie Shepard. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Allen, 601 S. Greenville Ave., Allen, TX 75002. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Masonic Cemetery, Custer City, OK. Memorials in honor of Darrel may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please go to www.tjmfuneral.com www.tjmfuneral.com

Published in The Oklahoman on July 27, 2014