Donald Dwight Shepard, Sr., 85, of State Route 26, Eaton, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton.
He was born December 2, 1923 in Frankfort, NY, a son of Lawrence M. and Rosella Ingersoll Shepard. He was a graduate of local schools and pursued adult education classes in drafting, welding, mechanics and building construction. He had worked as a truck driver and a mechanic, and then was the owner and operator of Mohican Construction in Morrisville until his retirement. On April 7, 1945, Donald married Elizabeth Backsell in Herkimer, NY. She predeceased him on June 18, 1990. Donald married Evelyn Shirdon Murdock on July 2, 1992 in Eaton.
Mr. Shepard was a former member of the Morrisville Lions Club and the Morrisville Fire Department.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn; his children, Kathleen and Richard Johnson of Eaton; Barbara and John Bice of Eaton; Mark and Connie Shepard of Morrisville; Donna and Ted Jerrett of New Haven, NY; Donald, Jr. and Donna Shepard of PA; his step-children, Ivan and Brenda Murdock of Clarksville, TN; Lynn and Mary Jane Murdock of Georgetown, KY; Loretta and Joe Mortise of Blossvale, NY; a sister, Janet Wallace of Newport OR; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Eunis Shepard of OR; Joan and Ken Graham of Virginia Beach, VA; Earl and Mert Backell of Herkimer; 27 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gerald and Lawrence Shepard, a sister, Edna Spotto and two granddaughters, Tammy Shepard and Candace Murdock.
Funeral services and interment in the Morrisville Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in his memory to the Boy Scouts of America, Revolutionary Trails Council, 1401 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501; or to the Eaton Fire Department Ambulance, Eaton NY 13334.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 31 Cedar St., Morrisville, NY.