Shep was born August 30, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Minnie Wolfe and Heber Shepherd. He was raised in Park City, Utah until the family moved to Corning, California in 1947 where Shep joined the Navy in 1948 at the age of 17. He did his training in San Diego, CA; after boot camp he boarded the USS Springfield, a light aircraft cruiser, where he toured the Far East. He came back to the United States in 1949 and was stationed in San Francisco, CA and boarded the USS Mt. McKinley AGC-7 in 1951. He was also on the USS Princeton in 1956 until 1957 when he left the Navy. He was stationed in Korea, Japan, and China. After 9 years in the Navy he was honorably discharged in 1958, then went on to join the United States Air Force in 1958. He was an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist) in the Air Force and retired after 12 years of service in 1968.
Shep met and married his wife of 65 years, Rowena Shepherd, while on leave; and the two of them had 5 boys, Jim, John, Jeff, Jerome, and Jerald Shepherd. After retiring from the Airforce in 1968 he joined the Solano County Sheriff's Department as a Correctional Officer from 1969-1978. In 1978 they moved to Coeur d'Alene Idaho, where he joined the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department from 1978-1987. He then retired and focused on his favorite hobby of woodworking in his shop. He loved to build things for his friends and family.
Shep is preceded in death by many and survived by his wife, Rowena Shepherd; his five boys: Jim, John, Jeff Jerome, and Jerald Shepherd; many brothers and sisters; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
A viewing will be held at 9 AM on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2801 N. 4th St., Coeur d' Alene, ID 83815 with a funeral service following at 10 AM. A graveside service with military honors at Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens will commence after the funeral.