KENNETH "KENNY" JOHN SHEPPARD
Kenneth “Kenny” John Sheppard, 67, of Gause passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home. Kenny was born in Houston October 31, 1949 to Gordon Sheppard and Minnie Creamer Sheppard. He grew up in the Houston area. He was a retired steelworker with Alcoa. Kenny was a member of Gause Baptist Church. Services began Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with a visitation from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Gause Baptist Church in Gause. Funeral service was held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 also at the church and burial followed in Gause Cemetery. Services were officiated by Brother Jason Lasher. Pallbearers were Cole Sheppard, Clay Sheppard, Jake Kropik, Cory Whitmire, John Alexander, Dewey Fitzgerald, Ken Stone, Johnny Nigliazzo, Joe James, Calvin Whitley, Gene Bowman, and Garth Fletcher. Survivors include his loving wife, Sondra Sheppard; sons and daughters in law, Kenneth Wade Sheppard and wife, Melanie and Waylon James Sheppard and wife, Shelli; daughter and son in law, Tina Alexander and husband, John; brother and sister in law, Gordon Sheppard Jr. and wife, Connie; grandchildren, Samantha Jo Kropik and husband, Jake, Sara Jane Whitmire and husband, Cory, Cole Sheppard, Clay Sheppard, Case Sheppard, Kendall Claire Sheppard, and Kobe Wade Sheppard; great grandchildren, Judd Kropik and Quade Whitmire; mother in law, Geneva Gandy; sister in law, Diane Gandy; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Arrangements were entrusted to Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home. It was evident how much Kenny meant to so many people. They turned out in droves to support a great man. He was just so humbled by the outpouring of love and support. He was at peace with his course. There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from the way Kenny lived. Things like the importance of slowing down every now and then and just visiting. How to give a hand when you see someone who needs a little help. How right is right and wrong is wrong and no matter how small the wrong might be, a real man knows which side of that line to stand on. The importance of family and friends and how to celebrate their victories. How to face adversity with grace and humility by turning it over to God. The family would thank you all for the love and support you’ve shared.