Carl Shepherd
1948 - 2017
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Carl Edward Shepherd

Evansville, Ind.

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.

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April 26, 2020
Its now almost 3 years since youve been gone. I still miss you every day! Not only was I your secretary/bookkeeper for almost 30 years, you were my friend and I miss talking to you!
Donna Gann
April 26, 2019
Its hard to believe youve been gone almost two years now! I still miss and think about you a lot. I hope youre doing well in Heaven!
Donna Gann
May 11, 2017
Brother Phil & Amy,
So sorry to see Carl's passing. He was one of the good guys in this world and will be missed by many who knew him.
Sincerest condolences,
Dane & Linda Davis
Dane Davis
May 5, 2017
Carl is remembered as a soft spoken classmate at Twin Lakes...I got to visit with him at the 50th class reunion this past summer... same good old Carl....he will be missed by many
Charles Harvey
May 3, 2017
Carl was my first new friend on the Society. What stands out to me is how easily he could make a friend. I was always delighted to see him because to chat with him was to feel his cheery nature. He had a rare quality to him,: kindness glowed around him. I will surely miss him.
Elliot Wasserman
May 3, 2017
So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was a great HomeBuilder friend thru the years. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
Jud & Nancy Motsenbocker, Muncie
May 2, 2017
I met Carl in 1987 when I came to apply for his secretarial job. I started that very same day and it was the beginning of a wonderful friend/coworker relationship.
This man did many wonderful things for me over the years. Some I can never repay! He never yelled or got mad at me for anything. We corrected each other's mistakes! We depended on each other. He knew he could trust me with anything.
I went thru the loss of Kathy and Shirley with him and shared in the joy of his marriage to Maureen.
He was a joyful person and always loved seeing his face. With his death I lost my friend, my job and he will be missed more than I can ever imagine.
Many prayers to all of his family!
Donna Gann
May 2, 2017
Maureen, Carl was a good friend. Peace be with you.
Laura Beck
May 2, 2017
I knew Carl professionally as a home inspector and as an advocate for services & supports for veterans as a proponent for a fly fishing program for veterans.
I also knew him as the spouse of my friend and former co-worker, Maureen, at FTIA. Carl always had a quick "hello" and a warm smile for me.
He was a "gentle man" who will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.
Gay May
May 2, 2017
Maureen, so sad to hear about Carl's passing. I had the pleasure working with him at least 10 year at the Indiana Builders Association. He was a kind and honest man who was loved and respected by many people. He will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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