Vernon Sheppard Jr.
1955 - 2020
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Vernon Sheppard, Jr.

Kalamazoo - Vernon "Vern" Sheppard, Jr. of Kalamazoo, MI

Vern, age 65, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday morning, December 29, 2020.

Vern, the son of Vernon and Edna (Kenter) Sheppard, Sr., was born in Covington, KY on August 20, 1955. He graduated from Gibraltar Carlson (MI) High School in 1973 and Western Michigan University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. While at WMU, he was a proud member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He lived in the Kalamazoo area for the past 40 years. Vern was employed as the General Manager of Post Community Credit Union in Battle Creek and retired in June of 2011 after 27 years. Vern was an accomplished cribbage, crossword, and scrabble player, an avid consumer of the news, and was known to be a kind and considerate man.

Vern was united in marriage to, Jean Louise Wold in Muskegon, MI on August 22, 1981. Surviving is his wife of 39 years, Jean; his daughter, Veronica Jean Sheppard of Kalamazoo; his son, John "Jack" Vernon Sheppard of Utica, MI; two sisters, Barbara (Roger Derlin) Sheppard of Delran, NJ and Patricia (Richard) Sloss of Albrightsville, PA; his brother, Kenneth Sheppard of Delran, NJ; in-laws John and Pat O'Toole and Lee Rodgers, and many nieces and nephews. Vern was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Thomas "Tommy" in 1976 and nephew, Ryan Sloss in 2007.

As per Vern's wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Vern's honor may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel is assisting Vern's family.

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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Sorry to hear of Vern’s passing. We had many good times at WMU and of course our Pike life. Peace
Ira Mark
Pike Brother
Mark Ira B.
January 4, 2021
My deepest condolences to Jack and the whole family
Alessandro Viano
December 31, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings to you, Veronica, and the rest of your family at this very sad time.
Roxanne Bengelink
January 3, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Jean, Veronica and Jack. This saddens me deeply.
Vern was such a great boss. His knowledge and integrity made it a pleasure to work with and for him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rest In Peace Vern..
Lynn Starks
January 3, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Vern's death. I worked for him at Post CU and agree he was a kind person. Our prayers for the family.
Sue and Paul Westworth
January 2, 2021
Jean, my heart is saddened to hear the news of Vern's passing. Praying for comfort and floods of beautiful, fun memories for you and the kids to share.
Tammy Gagnon
January 2, 2021
Jean and family, so sorry to see that Vern passed away. He was such a bright light. I never ever recall ever seeing or talking with him without a smile. I do recall on one of our Many test booklets we board members had to take for CU. He found one of the answers he believed was wrong. He challenged the company, he told them they were wrong. Low and behold Vern was right!! Was exciting moment!
I have many wonderful memories of Vern.
Memories are one of God's wonderful, loving gifts to us all. Keeps our loved ones with us always....
My prayers are with you all. May you reflect over your beautiful memories of your beloved Vern....
Christine Fields-Ayres
Christine Ayres
January 2, 2021
Jean so sorry to hear about Vern’s passing. You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane Zadel
January 1, 2021
What a great Pike brother Vern was and is. Always had a smile for me on my visits to Kazoo. God bless. Say hi to Paul for me.
Charlie Baumann
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