Michael Vernon Shepard
Michael Vernon Shepard passed away Feb. 21, 2006, at the Grand River Medical Center in Rifle. He was 55 years old.Michael was born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 24, 1950, to Lloyd and Carmen Morfin Shepard. Michael and his family spent a lifetime in Colorado. He married Melea Smith on July 24, 1988, in Denver.He was a complete outdoors man and loved fishing at Harvey Gap, Rifle Gap and anywhere there was a fishing hole. Baseball was his favorite sport, and his favorite team was the St. Louis Cardinals. Michael was a proud American. He was in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and was a finance specialist.He was a loving father and husband. His children were the apple of his eye.He is survived by his wife, Melea Shepard; mother, Carmen Shepard; father and step-mother, Lloyd and Cynthia Shepard; children Sabra Millage, of Arizona, Alexandra and Michael Jr. Shepard, of Parachute; brothers Patrick (Debbie) Shepard, of Tennessee, Anthony (Tamlee) Shepard, of Nebraska, and Vincent (Cathy) Hilburn Shepard, of Missouri; sister Judy (Guy) Sanfratello, of South Carolina; step-sister Cindi Hawke; and step-brother Robert Hawke. There will be memorial services at 11 a.m. today at the Rifle Funeral Home Chapel. John Loschke, a family friend, will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any Wells Fargo Bank #2194211500 under Michael Shepard’s name.Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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