Bruce D. Shepherd, Sr., 79, passed away on Feb. 9, 2018
Bruce D. Shepherd Sr., 79, passed away on Feb. 9. 2018, at his home in rural Douglass.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., on Thursday, at Oak Grove cemetery, Fort Cobb, Okla.
Bruce was born on Jan. 20, 1939 in Ft. Cobb, the son of William Herbert and Evalena (Stone) Shepherd, who eventually had a family of 16 children.
Bruce was a 1956 graduate from Ft. Cobb High School. He was married to Vicki E. (Gamez) Shepherd, from August 1959 to August 1968.
He was a skilled auto mechanic and moved to El Dorado in 1963 to work for Reed Chevrolet, later working for Losh Motors, and owning his own shops in Leon. Bruce retired as a professional tool and die maker at Morrell Tool and Die, Wichita.
Later in life, he enjoyed watching baseball and working on the farm. Bruce was an avid hunter and fisherman. He bowled and played men’s softball in his younger days.
Bruce loved playing with, getting photos from, or hearing stories about his grandchildren and great grandchildren, but his greatest joy was watching his grandsons sports.
Survived by: three sisters, Faye Jordon and Joyce Kenaga of California and Kaye Such of Ill.; three children, Sandra Kennedy of Brookville, Kan., Bruce Jr. and Brian of El Dorado; four grandchildren, Derek Kennedy of Overland Par, Jennifer Shepherd of Wichita, Kelsey Turner and Adam Shepherd, both of El Dorado; and four great grandchildren, Kaden Kennedy, Chevelle, Athena and Harrison Turner.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; five brothers, Herman Ray, Wayne, Ralph, Bert and Joe Ben ; seven sisters, Arlene, Estelee Wilson, June Smith, Juanita Cottrell, Irene Hyatt, Jean Borella and Marylin Griffith.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.smithfuneralservices.com.