Dennis Shepherd, OacomaJohn Dennis Shepherd, 67, Oacoma, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at his home. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, Chamberlain. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Chamberlain.
John Dennis Shepherd, 67, Oacoma, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, Chamberlain. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Chamberlain. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church with the family present. There will be a 7 p.m. prayer service.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1943, in Highmore to Marguerite and John Shepherd.
He grew up on a farm hear Holabird and graduated from Highmore High School.
He attended Southern State Teachers College, Springfield, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts.
On April 23, 1963, he married Diana L. Goeden at Tyndall.
After graduating from college, they moved to Chamberlain, where he taught industrial arts and coached wrestling at Chamberlain High School.
In 1970, he became an insurance adjustor. After being transferred with GAB from Sioux Falls to Chamberlain to Pierre, they decided to live in Chamberlain in 1975.
He opened Dakota Claims with Herman Petersen and they operated the business for 36 years. He also traveled with the National Disaster Adjusting Team.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Chamberlain.
He is survived by his wife, his children: John, Oacoma; Tami Schwartz and husband Dave; and Bill and wife Kala; all of Chamberlain; six grandchildren, two sisters: Anita Zastrow and husband Rollie, Highmore; and Jill Ekstrum and husband John, Kimball; and two brothers: Jerry and wife Patsy, Norfolk, Neb.; and Dean, Highmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, Vernon Jager; and his father-in-law, Joe Goeden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or American Cancer Society.
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