James Leroy Shepherd

Born: Fri., Nov. 17, 1939
Died: Fri., Aug. 21, 2020

Private Services


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Aug. 29, 2020
Location: Walker Funeral Home

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James Leroy Shepherd went home into the arms of Jesus on August 21, 2020.  He was born November 17, 1939, in Portland, Indiana, to Carl and Laura (Ewing) Shepherd.  He was a 1958 graduate of White River High School. 

Jim worked for the Union City Body Company, the Hagerstown Exponent, the Winchester News Gazette, Kellair Engineering, and the United States Post Office in Winchester, Indiana.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Winchester, where he attended the Crusaders Class. 

Jim was a gentle man with gentle strength and an unconditional love for his family.  He loved his Lord and served his church and his community.

Survivors include Mary (Paul) Shepherd, his wife of sixty years; a son, James, Jr. (Deborah); granddaughters, Brittany Mendoza (Raynor) and Hannah Shepherd; grandsons, Tyler Shepherd (E’Vaughna) and Liam Shepherd; great grandsons, Theodore and Callen Shepherd; and a great granddaughter Raylee Mae Mendoza, expected in November.  He is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara Matheny; and Sharon Anderson (Ralph).  Jim is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Mary Shepherd Redmond and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, William Benjamin Shepherd and a brother-in-law, Cal Matheny.

There will be a public visitation from 12-2 p.m., on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at the Walker Funeral Home in Winchester.  A private family service will follow.  Burial will be at the Fountain Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in Jim’s name to WACCFP, 124 E. Washington St., Winchester, IN 47394.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerswinchester.com.


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Sheri Huston
   Posted Tue August 25, 2020
I am so sad to know that Jim has left us, but realize he is celebrating his new life with his Savior. I was always so glad to have the chance to say hi when I saw him, whether at church or out around town. He always had a smile to share. It was so plain to see how much Jim loved his family and his Lord. I know how different life will be without him to share it with. I am so sorry I can't tell you this in person but I am with my sons and won't be back in time. Lean on your family and the Lord.

Karon Nowakowski
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
I have fond memories of James and his ornery sense of humor. He always offered me a smile and I appreciated his kindness. To Mary and Jimmy and your entire family, my sincere condolences.

Fred Bales
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020
Condolences to Jim's family. He lived down South Main Street from me when we walked to first grade together in the fall of 1946. The, in the summer of 1965, I worked briefly for the Hagerstown Exponent, and who was there working the Linotype but Jim.We had a nice reunion.

Farewell to a gentle, good man.

Fred Bales