V. Robert Shepard, 87, of Versailles, formerly of Gilliam, died peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles.
Cremation. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at Slater United Methodist Church with Rev. Jess Spurgin and Rev. Martha Byer officiating. Rev. David Duncan presented a tribute written for her father by Jean E. Black. Bethany Weiker, pianist, played "Wind Beneath my Wings" and "Precious Lord Take my Hand." The service concluded with Robert's own musical choice, "Wabash Cannonball," by Roy Acuff. Inurnment was held in the Gilliam Cemetery. Visitation was held following the memorial service in the church. Memorials are suggested to Gilliam Cemetery, Gilliam United Methodist Church or Slater United Methodist Church in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born May 10, 1920, near Gilliam, he was the son of the late Adrain Riley Shepard and Irene Helen Lee Shepard. On Dec. 24, 1937, in Sedalia, he married Laura E. Thomas Shepard, who preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2002. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall. He was a former long-time member of Slater United Methodist Church, where he served as co-chairman of the church building committee. He was a prominent Saline county farmer and cattleman. He served on the National Wheat Institute and the National Department of Agriculture Board in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by two daughters, Jean E. Black of Slater and Joan Brittain and her husband, Jerry, of Concordia; a best friend, James Stanfield of Slater; four grandchildren, Victoria L. Summers and her husband, Joe, of Marshall, John Adrian Black and his wife, Susan, of Leawood, Kan., Rebecca E. Perkins and her husband, Phil, and Laura L. Richardson and her husband, Michael, all of Marshall; 10 great grandchildren, Adrian, Allea, Isaac and Lillianne Summers, Nell and Isabella Black, Abby, Phillip and Cole Perkins and Alexander Richardson; a niece, Barbara Hinkle Moonier and Joe; a nephew, Fred Malven and Ann; and several great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Robert Shepard; and three sisters, Majoria Hinkle, Margaret Malven and Helen Lee Lambirth.
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