Willard Shepherd

Mr. Willard Richard Shepherd of Columbia, Mo died peacefully on Monday, July 28, 2008 at University Hospital, Columbia, Mo.


Willard was preceded in death by his parents.  Previous deceased wives are Catherine Florence, Dorothy Biggs and Eleanor Braxton.  He was also predeceased by his brother Orey Shepherd, three sisters Beatrice Shepherd, Opal Drake, Dorothy Estill and one son Melvin Shepherd.


Survivors include his wife, Maggie Shepherd, two Sisters Izola Peak and Ruth Borndes of Bowling Green, Missouri,   Six sons and two daughters, Gilbert Shepherd and wife Shirley of Quincy, Illinois, Gordon Shepherd of Bowling Green, Missouri, Milford Shepherd of Harrisburg, Missouri, Will Shepherd and wife Mary of Columbia, Missouri, Diann Moffett of Atlanta Georgia, Gregory Shepherd and wife Debbie of Fulton, Missouri, Pamela Shepherd of Columbia, Missouri, Mark Shepherd and wife Sharon of Wallkill, New York.  Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 2207 Holly Avenue, Columbia, Missouri.  Willard Richard Shepherd was born in Pike County, Missouri on September 17, 1913, the son of the late Murray and Ollie Shepherd.  Willard was a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a farmer for many years in Pike County Missouri.  Willard married Maggie Crinner on July 10, 2002 who survives. 


Memorials are suggested to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 301 W. Smiley Lane, Columbia, Missouri 65202. 


  1. Bev Harris on July 31, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    It is wonderful to know that Jehovah will soon resurrect our love ones. May Jah bring you peace. B. Harris, Hallsville Congregation.

  2. Mary Ann Basile on July 31, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    My Dear Shepherd Family,
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I loved your father. Just from the brief encounter I had with him, and the stories I’ve heard, I know he was quite the character. How wonderful that he will soon be able to use his zeal and love of Jehovah to teach so many more. Until that time, may Jehovah’s love and Holy Spirit sustain you and help you endure.
    Love ya lots!
    Mary Ann Basile
    South Middletown NY Cong.

  3. Lois Parsons and Theodis Parsons Palmer-Mcmahon on August 12, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband, father and brother. From cousins Lois Parsons and Theodis Parsons McMahon (Daughters of Richard C. Parsons)

  4. LeAnn Linear Annie on August 13, 2008 at 10:18 am

    sleep on dear one and take thy rest we love you but God loves you best.

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