Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Shepard / Shepherd


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday July 13, 1937
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DIES  AT  HOME
Mrs. Shepherd Passes Away in Manilla
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          Mrs. Laura B. Shepherd, 80 years old, died at her home in Manilla at 9:30 o’clock Monday night following an illness of two years.
          She was born on February 6, 1857 and married John W. Shepherd, a Civil War veteran, who died about ten years ago.  Surviving are one son, Omer E. Shepherd, of Decatur, Illinois; one brother, William A. Rawlings, of Rush County, and one sister, Mrs. Noah Goddard, of Manilla.
          Mrs. Shepherd was a member of the Manilla M. E. church, where funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. G. J. Pickett, of Columbus, will officiate and burial will be in the Goddard cemetery in charge of Ezra Carmony.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday December 10, 1935
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DEATH  CAUSED  BY  PNEUMONIA
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Robert Shephard, Age 47, Passes Away at Home Near Flat Rock
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          Pneumonia caused the death of Robert "Curly" Shephard, 47 years old, lifelong resident of Shelby county at his home two miles west of Flat Rock at 5:20 o’clock Tuesday morning following a week’s illness.
          Mr. Shephard recently operated a garage in Flat Rock. He was born January 31, 1893 and was married to  Miss Martha Berry on November 28, 1925.  Three children were born.  Survivors are one son,  Bobby Lee, age 10; two daughters, Martha, age 12, of Columbus, and Bertha Irene, age 14; two half brothers,  Orville  and  Bert Shephard, of Shelbyville; three half sisters,  Zella Caine of Johnson county,  Audrey Shephard  and  Marie Shephard of Shelbyville; and an uncle,  Ben Shephard of this city.
          The body was taken to the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary where funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. The Rev. Fred Bouse, pastor of the Nazarene church here, will officiate and interment will be in the Flat Rock cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday June 12, 1935
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MRS.  E. T.  RARDIN  LEARNS  OF
DEATH  OF  RELATIVE
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Mrs. E. T. Rardin of Morristown received word today of the death of her brother-in-law, Homer E. Shepherd of Brownsburg, which occurred in the Methodist hospital, Indianapolis, Tuesday night.
Mr. Shepherd was also a cousin of the Rev. A.A. Schenck of Morristown.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Brownsburg Christian church at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday March 10, 1927
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CIVIL  WAR  VETERAN
OF  MANILLA  DEAD
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Funeral Services for John William Shepherd
to be Held Friday Afternoon
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          John William Shepherd, seventy-nine years old, well known aged veteran of Manilla, and a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home at 6:30 o’clock this morning of heart trouble, from which he had suffered for some time.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the M.E. church at Manilla on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, the Rev. Walter G. Proctor, of Indianapolis and the Rev. H. E. Newman, of Manilla, officiating.  Burial will be in the Goddard cemetery in charge of Carmony Brothers, funeral directors.
          Mr. Shepherd was born on March 20, 1847 and had been a resident of Manilla for the past forty-seven years.  He enlisted in the Civil War, January 19, 1864, and received an honorable discharge in December 1865.
          On September 3, 1874, he was united in marriage with  Miss Laura Rawlins  and to this union five children were born, four of whom passed away a number of years ago.  One son,  Omer Shepherd, of Decatur, Illinois, survives with the widow.  Mr. Shepherd was a member of the M. E. church at Manilla.  Besides the widow and son, he leaves two nephews,  Earl Shepherd, of this city, and  John A. Shepherd, of Decatur, Illinois.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday May 5, 1924
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GEORGE  SHEPARD  TOOK  OWN  LIFE
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Man Held In Jail On Sanity Charge
Found Dead In Cell Early Today
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HAD  USED  TOWEL  FOR  NOOSE
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          George Shepard, age fifty-four, who had been held in the Shelby county jail for three weeks on a charge of insanity, and who has been recommended for admittance to the Central Hospital for the Insane at Indianapolis by a sanity commission, committed suicide Sunday night or early Monday morning, by hanging.
          Mr. Shepard had knotted a towel about his neck, and had tied the other end to a bar of his cell.  He had jumped from a chair after tying an end of the towel to the bar.  It is not believed that the jump ended his life, but that strangulation had caused death.  The man’s feet were on the floor when he was found this morning by Sheriff Jesse J. Smith, and Elisha Crosby, deputy sheriff.
          It was stated by the sheriff that Mr. Shepard had been heard in his cell at eleven o’clock last night.  When found about eight o’clock, the man had been dead several hours.  It was stated that Mr. Shepard had suffered a great deal, and had been in much pain during the time that he has been confined in the local jail.
          He formerly lived near Greenwood, in Johnson county.  It was stated that he had been treated for insanity while living in Johnson county.
          Mr. Shepard was born in Johnson county.  He was the son of  Robert and  Rebecca [Toothman] Shepard  and was born on May 17, 1870.  He was married to  Miss Martha Cowins in November 17, 1899.  To this union eleven children were born, five of whom survive him:  Mrs. Zella King, of Johnson county;  Misses Maxine and  Audrey Shepard, at home;  Orville and Bert, both of this city and  Robert Shepard of Greenwood, a son by a former marriage.  He is also survived by his wife and by five brothers,  John,  Charles,  Ed,  Homer  and  Ben Shepard; three sisters,  Mrs. Sadie Hamilton,  Mrs. Lulu White  and  Mrs. Bessie Northern.  He was a resident of Shelbyville since February 1924.  For the pat 10 years he was in failing health.  The body was taken to the C.F. Fix funeral home and prepared for burial and then taken to the Shepard home.
          The funeral will be held from the home on Columbia Avenue, Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. Crider will officiate.  Interment will take place in City Cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, July 27, 1916
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          Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday July 26, 1913
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CIVIL  WAR  VETERAN
ANSWERED  LAST  CALL
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Wesley T. Shepard Died At His Home
North Of Bengal Last Evening
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          Wesley T. Shepard, aged seventy-two years, one of Hendricks township’s prominent farmers, residing a mile and a quarter northeast of Bengal, on the Franklin pike, died last evening at his home from hardening of the arteries. He had been ill for the past two years, and the end did not come unexpectedly to his legions of friends and relatives. Several months ago he had to take to his bed and shortly afterward his friends and relatives, as well as he, felt that the call of the death angel could not be stayed long.
          Mr. Shepard was born in Estell county, Kentucky, [February 21, 1841] but came to Indiana when a young man. He settled on a farm in Johnson county and lived there nearly all his life, removing to the farm he now occupies not many years ago. He had always followed the vocation of a farmer and in it had met with considerable success, as he always followed the golden rule in dealing with his friends and acquaintances.
          Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church, and had always been a good Christian man. He was a man always ready to lend a helping hand in any movement that meant the uplifting of the community in which he resided.
Mr. Shepard was a veteran of the Civil war [Co. I 79th Indiana Infantry] and during his service for his country proved himself to be a brave and fearless soldier, receiving an honorable discharge when the great civil strife was brought to an end.
          Besides his wife, [Mary H.] deceased is survived by three sons, George, north of Needham; John, south of Needham, and Charles, of near Bengal. The bereaved family will have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire county in their great hour of sorrow.
          The funeral services will beheld Sunday afternoon at two-thirty o’clock at the Second Mt. Pleasant Baptist church, the Rev. O. A. Cook of Franklin officiating.
[Buried Second Mt. Pleasant Cemetery]
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Johnson County, Indiana Marriages
Wesley Sheperd  &  Mary H. Vaught
May 9, 1867
Book 2 page 73
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Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday November 30, 1905
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          Robert L. Shepard died at his residence in Marion at 5 o’clock a.m. Sunday, of heart trouble, aged sixty-six years, five months and eighteen days.  He will be buried Tuesday in the Marion cemetery.  Services at the M. E. church in Marion, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Guthrie, at 2 o’clock p.m.  Deceased was a member of Company I 18th Regiment Indiana Infantry, serving through the rebellion.  D. B. Wilson & Son in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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