John Shephard

July 18, 2014 

John Shephard

Dec. 11, 1929 - July 11, 2014

John Shephard, 84, of Harrisonville, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. There was a memorial service at 11 a.m. July 15 at Becker Dyer Stanton Funeral Home in Atchison, Kan.

John was born Dec. 11, 1929, in Atchison, Kan., the son of Orville Lewis and Helen (Noonan) Shephard. He attended Atchison High School and was a member of the Class of 1947. He was united in marriage to Marilyn L. Gorrell on May 10, 1952, in Atchison, Kan. John was an Army veteran.

John worked for Wetterau Foods Wholesale Grocers for a number of years before owning his own grocery stores in Richmond, Rolla, St. James and St. Clair. After retirement, he moved to Osage Beach to enjoy his favorite pastime, golf. He also enjoyed playing cards with many friends over the years. John then moved to Harrisonville in 2001 to be near family.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of the home; a son, Larry Shephard, of Overland Park, Kan.; two daughters, Joan Edelbaum and husband, Alan, Shell Knob, and Susan Lockard and husband, Mark, Harrisonville; a sister-in-law, Shirley Gorrell of Olathe, Kan.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, his sister, Pat Wendell, Garden Plain, Kan., and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Harrisonville First Christian Church.

Online condolences may be made to

Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, 600 W. Wall, Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-380-3268.

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