Charles Campbell Sheppard, 96, of Oberlin, died peacefully Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Kendal at Oberlin.
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He was born May 17, 1916, the fourth of four sons of Isaac Sheppard and Margaret Robinson Sheppard. Charles was born in New Jersey but grew up near Wooster, Ohio.
He attended and earned a bachelor's degree at Ohio State University, a master's degree at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in agricultural economics at Michigan State University.
He was a member of the faculty of the poultry science department in the College of Agriculture at MSU from 1946 until his retirement in 1978.
He was the author of numerous papers and presentations on advances in poultry science and in particular on the management of the poultry industry. He served as an extension agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Michigan throughout his career at MSU and volunteered for three extended overseas economic aid missions to introduce and help implement modern poultry industry management techniques to developing nations. The first such mission was to Colombia, South America, in 1954, the second to Nigeria, Africa, in 1967, and the third to India in 1977. He worked with local universities and governments to adapt modern poultry science and management practices to the local socioeconomic environment, taught classes to local university students, and worked with local poultry producers to implement modern practices in their operations. His wife Irene accompanied him on all the missions and they took the opportunity with the last one to make it a trip around the world, visiting Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia among many other places.
Charles and his wife Irene were long-time residents of Haslett, Mich., where they helped to organize and found a new congregation that ultimately became a member of the United Church of Christ. The church they helped start still thrives today and is a prominent part of the Haslett and surrounding communities.
As for his professional career, Charles was particularly proud of a special project he undertook for the state of Michigan to adapt modern poultry-raising practices to revive the native pheasant population. It was very successful and expanded the opportunities for succeeding generations of hunters to enjoy their sport as well as to preserve the male pheasant population with its glorious plumage for all to enjoy.
Following his retirement, Charles and Irene divided their time between a winter home in Lake Wales, Fla., and a summer home on Lake Avalon near Hillman, Mich.
They were active members of the Hillman United Methodist Church while Irene was still alive and Charles remained so until the day he died. Charles enjoyed fishing, traveling, and playing golf and even managed to get out on a course at age 96.
Charles is survived by daughters Suzanne Flood (Dennis) of Oberlin, Dianne Sheppard of Haslett, Mich., and Joanne Bachelder (Errol) of Milford, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, four nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Mae Sheppard (nee Myers) and brothers Ike, Mel and Ralph.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kendal at Oberlin Residents Assistance Fund, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin, OH 44074; or Hillman United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 23910 Lowell St., Hillman, MI 49746.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria, handled arrangements.
Published in The Oberlin News Tribune on May 16, 2013