Carl Edward Shepherd
Carl Edward Shepherd, 69, of Evansville, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017, while on a cruise with his wife in the Bahamas.
Carl, born on April 3, 1948, in Lafayette, Ind., was the first child of Charles Vernon and Olive (Booker) Shepherd, of Remington, Ind., and grew up in Monticello, Ind. He helped on the family farm from the age of three surrounded by large families on both sides. Annual Shepherd Family reunions and Booker gatherings at the Fountain Park Chautauqua in Remington were important events throughout his life. He graduated from Twin Lakes High School, in 1966, where he sang in the Golden Throats choir. He was active in 4H, FFA, and youth groups at his church holding local and state offices in each organization. Carl graduated from Purdue University, in 1970, with a degree in Agricultural Finance. During college, he operated a construction company in the Lafayette area.
After college, Carl worked in farm finance and other farm related services in northern Indiana and Central Kentucky but returned to construction work especially finish carpentry. This work brought him to Evansville in the late 70s. There he met and married Shirley (Pyle) Shepherd, in 1979, who passed away in 2005. Together they raised his daughter Kathy.
He opened Carl Shepherd Construction Inc. (formerly Camp and Shepherd), in 1982, building and remodeling area homes. In 1986, he opened HomeCheck Inspection Services Inc. offering home inspections and 203K Consulting. In 1996, Carl became a certified Resnet Home Energy Rater working closely with many area builders. Carl enjoyed his work because it brought him in contact with so many people whose lives he could impact in a positive way. Carl shared his building skills generously, most recently to renovate and expand Tulip Tree Family Health Care CHC in Fort Branch.
Carl was very active in the Home Builder Association previously serving as President of the local and Indiana State Associations and on the National Association Board of Directors. He was currently serving on the State Home Builders Executive Board and as Chair of the Southwest Indiana Home Builders PAC Committee. At the time of his death, he was on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals, having previously served on the Roofing and Construction Board.
Carl had a wide range of interests including a love of art, music (especially Gospel), theater, fly fishing, travel, and spending time with family and friends. He served on the Boards of USI Society of Arts and Humanities, Evansville Civic Theater, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and supported Friends of UE Music. For many years he sang in the Musicians' Club Chorus directed by Richard Hyatt. He was a member of the Ohio Valley Fly Rod Club.
In 2008, Carl met Maureen Garvey O'Connor through mutual friends. They married in 2010 and Carl became the beloved stepfather of her children and grandchildren and a valued member of his new extended family. Their years together were filled with happy memories. Carl lived life to the fullest. He loved a good joke, an aged scotch or dark craft beer, a fine cigar, working in his summer garden, volunteering and relaxing at his home. He was blessed to share close friendships with many.
A strong faith was a foundation for Carl. He and Shirley were active members of Old North Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, belonged to the Men's Club, and served on the building committee. In 2012, he joined the Catholic Church and attended Sts. Mary and John Parish. He valued his early morning prayer group with men from Old North and other churches.
Carl was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Shirley in 2005; and his daughter, Katherine Denise Shepherd, in 1997.
He is survived by his wife Maureen of 7 years; stepson, Michael (Ashley) O'Connor; stepdaughter, Brenna (Jamie) Woods; brother, Phil (Amy) Shepherd, of Monticello; sisters, Carol (Dean) Richardson, of Monticello, and CMSgts (ret) Ruth (David) Rea, of San Antonio, Texas; brother-in-law, Norbert (Marti) Garvey, of Nashville, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Judy (Jim Bergin) Garvey, of Blue Hill ME, Rita (Mike) Bourland, of Columbus, Ohio, and Libby Garvey, of Arlington Va.; stepgrandchildren, Michael Dylan and Adeline O'Connor; uncles and aunts, Rex Shepherd, Don (Gloria) Shepherd, Barbara Shepherd, and John Wilkerson, of Remington; stepfather-in-law, Raymond T. Niemeier, of Evansville; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was the proud Godfather of Will Pedtke and Addie O'Connor.
A funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Steve Lintzenich will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St Mary's Catholic Church 613 Cherry Street Evansville. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 14, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m. at Browning Funeral Home, 738 E.Diamond Avenue, followed by a joy-filled celebration of Carl's life beginning at 6 p.m. Friends may also visit at the church from 10 a.m. until service time. A luncheon for friends and family will immediately follow the Mass. There will be no burial or cemetery services.
The family requests that friends consider donations to USI Foundation for the Society of Arts and Humanities, UE Friends of Music, Tulip Tree Family Health Care or a charity of their choice
rather than sending flowers.
Condolences may be made at www.browningfuneral.com