Korean War veteran Shep Shepherd dies

A Korean War veteran, Shep Shepherd died on July 28, 2014 in Petaluma. He was 83.

A Petaluma native, Shepherd joined the Navy in 1948 and was stationed in California, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington state, Australia, Turks Islands and the Philippines before retiring in 1968. He then went on to a second career as a mechanic in the motor-pool at the San Francisco Presidio, retiring in 1992.

Retirement was not enough for Shepherd, so during this time he worked as a courier for Northbay Savings Bank and drove the pick-up and delivery truck for Sacks Thrift Avenue (Hospice of Petaluma).

The proud owner and enthusiast of a Ford Model A, Shepherd and his wife, Lou, spent many weekends enjoying the back roads of Sonoma County in their Model A Sedan and more recently in a beautifully restored Model A Coupe. A collector of just about everything from bicycles to rare coins, he was a member of the Model A Club-Sonoma A’s, Adobe Car Club, Sons in Retirement Serving No. 53, Petaluma Museum Association and Heritage Homes of Petaluma.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lou Shepherd; son, Mike Shepherd of Petaluma; siblings, Deanie Turner and Ken Taylor, both of Washington; and grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Debra Lessley.

A visitation service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Parent-Sorensen Mortuary & Crematory, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be made to Hospice of Petaluma or to a favorite charity. 

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