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Alva "Gene" Shepherd


1926 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Alva "Gene" Shepherd Obituary
On Feb. 2, 2014, Alva "Gene" Shepherd passed away at his home with family by his side.

He was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Brightwater, Ark., to Doc and Visa Shepherd in Pea Ridge, Ark. He married Ermina Koby on March 27, 1954. They have been married 59 years.

Gene joined the Army in 1955, serving in the Korean War. After serving for his country, Gene went to work at Boeing in Wichita for 17 years then Axtell Hospital and Newton Medical Center in Newton, retiring in 1992.

Gene was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member and Past Master of the Newton Masonic Lodge #142, Past Worthy Patron Order Eastern Star #5, Past Assoc. Bethel Guardian of Bethel #21 Job's Daughters International, Past President of the Harvey County Hobo's Newton Shrine Unit, member of Newton Toltec, York Rite, Consistory of Wichita and member of the Midian Shrine in Wichita.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Doc and Visa Shepherd; in-laws, Lyle and Lela Koby; and brothers, Clifford, Claude and James Shepherd.

Survivors include Ermina of the home; daughters, Linda Pierceall from Plano, Texas, Janet and son-in-law, Joe Soukup of Newton; grandson, Jerrod (Angela) Soukup; granddaughter, Amy Gean and Marc Kyle of Houston, Texas; grandson, Justin Soukup and Lacy Spaulding of Peabody; granddaughter, Jodi Soukup and Doug Burford of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren, Abri Fisher-Soukup, Preston Kyle, Dominic Knight, Ryan Burford, Jayden Soukup, Addison Kyle and Madison Burford, Andrew, Tina and Matthew Hase; great-great-granddaughter, Kaydence Hase; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Petersen Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 6, for 5 to 9 p.m., with family members attending from 6 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery following the service, Friday afternoon.

Memorials are suggested to Midian Shrine Plane of Mercy.
Published in The Kansan from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2014
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