Fred J. Shepherd, Sr., 81, of Elyria Township, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, while a patient at University Hospitals – Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born in Elyria October 25, 1932 and was a 1952 graduate of Elyria High School.
Fred was employed as a foreman in the home improvement and repair division of Sears & Roebuck Company, retiring in 1995, following a career that spanned 39 years with the retailer. Previously, he had worked as a production assistant for the American Standard Corporation.
Mr. Shepherd was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria Township. He was a member of the National Rifle Association as well as an avid fan of NASCAR, where he followed the Ford factory teams. In addition, he enjoyed gardening as well as watching all Cleveland professional sports teams. Fred enjoyed cooking and was especially well-known for his baked bean recipe.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathy (nee Brown); sons, Mike Shepherd and Mark Shepherd (Jackie), both of Elyria, Fred J. Shepherd, Jr. (Abby) of Lorain; daughters, Elaine Brown (Jim) of Oberlin, Laurie Marciniak (Greg) of Lorain, and Teri Thomas (Tony) of Elyria; along with 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves sisters, Joan Stang and Betty Pribanic, both of Elyria; his brother, Dan Shepherd (Karen) of Elyria; sister-in-law, Judy Shepherd of North Ridgeville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellsworth and Marian (nee Gifford) Shepherd; his brother, Ed Shepherd; and sisters, Katherine Diederich and Dorothy Morgan.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from 4 to 8 P.M., in the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Avenue, Lorain. Funeral services will begin with closing prayers in the funeral chapel at 9:30 A.M., Thursday, January 30, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 A.M., in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 41295 North Ridge Road in Elyria Township. Reverend Donald Dunson, Pastor of the parish, will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
The family encourages memorial contributions to either St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.