John Jack Shepherd

  • Born: January 15, 1934
  • Died: March 19, 2014
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family


John "Jack" Shepherd, 80, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather passed away, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 after a long illness.

Jack was born January 15, 1934 in Clearfield, PA to Ward L. Shepherd and Jane (Beightol) Shepherd. At 17, Jack joined the United States Air Force where he served for almost 10 years. He was first stationed in the Kansas City Area where he remained a lifelong resident with a few side adventures.

During his Air Force service he met and married the love of his life, Sylvia. He considered this as his greatest accomplishment. After his discharge, Jack started his 26 year career in the medical X-Ray imaging business where he had many successes. Starting out as a trainee and shipping clerk, Jack rose through the ranks to become Vice President of Sales and a member of the board of Directors of Greb X-Ray, Co. A self taught draftsman, he was the designer of many X-Ray departments in the KC area. Jack finished his career working and consulting for three other companies as he was not ready for "retirement".

Jack was also an avid Kansas City sports fan and boat enthusiast. He and Sylvia enjoyed their summer weekends with family and friends "cruising" the Lake of the Ozarks on his "yachts". He prided himself of being a "Good Citizen of the World" and a devout Catholic.

He is survived by the love of his life of 60 years, Sylvia (Toni), three children, Michael (Penny), David (Glenn) and Kim (Harold), six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park, KS 66214. A rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Family will receive friends from 9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jack and I grew up together in Clearfield, Pa.
We hiked the hills around Clearfield, road our bikes and swam in the Susquhanna river which ran through town. One summer day we decided to camp over night in the woods several miles from home. About 1am we were wakened by loud screeching and howling. My dog went to investigate but returned very quickley. We were pretty scared so packed up gear came home and spent the rest of night in my back yard.
When he came to my house he never knocked on the door but would stand outside and yell "Hay Michael"
I know this has been a long time to respond but didn't find his obituary until recently.
He was a good friend.
Mike PalmJbEr

Posted by Michael Palm - Marion, OH - friend   September 24, 2015

A light has gone out in this world but wonderful memories remain. Uncle Jack was a man who loved deeply, laughed heartily and was always there for you. He loved Aunt Toni more than anyone else in this world except he couldn't remember her name and went around calling her Sylvia. He loved "The Duke" and fostered a love of those movies in me. Drive-in movies, Easter egg hunts, trips to the lake were all made more enjoyable by his presence. And he really whooped and hollered and laughed when he finally got me up on skis! I am so Blessed to have shared so much of my life with him. So Aunt Toni, Mike and Penny, David and Glenn, Kim and Harold, JR, Amanda, Elizabeth, Adam, Max, Stephen, Shayanne and Lois, my heart goes out to you and you are all in my prayers. He was the best and he will be missed.
Love to all, Olson (at least he got my name right!)

Posted by Lisa Hruska - Gardner, KS - niece   March 24, 2014