Donald Alvin Shepard was born in Clearwater, Florida on January 31, 1935. He graduated from Largo High School in 1953. He joined the Army in 1954, serving decorated tours in Korea, Japan, Germany, and Vietnam with his Post Station being Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He retired from the Army in 1974 and moved to Micanopy, Fl. He went to Santa Fa College studying Horticulture and Farm Management, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He had been a local resident since 2002, a longtime member of Sneads First United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 241. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling and wood carving.
He is survived by his precious wife of 43 years Marjorie Ann Edwards Wray Shepard; one daughter, Deborah Lee Shepard Gillispie; one son, Charles Allen Wray and wife Edith Wray; two sisters, Carol Shepard Russell and husband Eldon and Willie May Shepard; three brothers, Ralph Shepard, Sam Shepard and wife Sue, and David Shepard; five grandchildren, Daniel, Devon, Emily, Melissa, Alex and four great grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents Samuel I. and Elva Mae Shepard and a sister Betty Joe Shepard Strickland.
Visitation with the family will be held Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM CST at Lanier – Andler Funeral Home with Funeral Services on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 2:30 PM CST at Sneads First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Ernie Gray officiating. Interment will follow at Pope Cemetery in Sneads, Florida.
The American Legion will perform full military honors.
Lanier-Andler Funeral Home of Sneads, Florida, is in charge of arrangements. Phone 850-593-9900.