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Robert Franklin Shepherd
© Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Inc.
02-2009
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

© Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Inc.

March 30, 1921 - February 11, 2009

Robert Franklin Shepherd, 87, of Blackwell, Oklahoma, died February 11, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 30, 1921, in Blackwell, Oklahoma, to Roy and Oppie (Frazier) Shepherd. He grew up on a farm west of Blackwell that his grandfather homesteaded in 1893. He attended Cooper School, Lovett Junior High School and graduated from Blackwell High School in 1939.

In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a control tower operator during World War II. He served his country faithfully and was stationed at various bases in the United States and overseas in Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Upon returning to Blackwell, he went to work for the Rural Electric Association, now known as Kay Electric Cooperative, building electric lines for the rural community. In 1947, he married Doris E. Miller of Blackwell and purchased his father-in-lawís local service station located on the corner of Main and Armory in Blackwell. In 1949 he founded Shepherd Oil Company. Bob took great delight in serving the local and surrounding communities with automotive services and petroleum products. He built several lifelong relationships with the people he served and loved working and serving the area farming community. He and Bob Conaway of Blackwell operated a partnership in several real estate holdings in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Bob was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blackwell. He has served on the Blackwell Chamber Board, Blackwell Public Schools Board for fifteen years, and was a founder and trustee for the Blackwell-Tonkawa Airport Trust. He served three terms on the Governing Board for the Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital, served on the First National Bank Board for several years and also the Board of Trustees of the Blackwell Industrial Authority. He was a founder of Kay Grant Savings and Loan in Blackwell and was a Shriner with the Masonic Lodge. He also held membership in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a longtime member of the Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers Association.

The couple made Blackwell their home at 1717 S. Third in Blackwell. Bob and Doris love spending their retirement summers in Gunnison, Colorado, and enjoyed many years with friends and family visiting them. He especially enjoyed taking all of the grandkids fishing in the Blue Mesa Lake. His hobbies included spending time with his family, farming, fishing, cooking and canning. Bob was well known for his famous turkey dressing and his dill pickle recipes. He loved people in general and it was not unusual to see him giving a child a ride home from school on a cold winterís day or changing a flat tire on the side of the road for a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Oppie Shepherd. His life is celebrated by his surviving family, his loving wife of sixty-one years, Doris; a daughter, Barbara Ihrig and husband Jon of Blackwell; and two sons, Mike Shepherd and wife Linda of Blackwell, and Scott Shepherd and wife June of Blackwell. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Jared Ihrig, Jason Shepherd, Chad Ihrig, Brindan Shepherd, Drew Ihrig, Kristen Zimmerman, Juliann Ihrig, Justin Shepherd, Kortney Shepherd, Kandee Shepherd and Kelsey Shepherd; a brother, Wayne Shepherd and wife Patty of Blackwell; a sister-in-law, Sherry Rogers of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nine great grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Casketbearers are Jared Ihrig, Jason Shepherd, Chad Ihrig, Brindan Shepherd, Drew Ihrig, Justin Shepherd and Zack Zimmerman.

Honorary casketbearers will be R. C. Bechtel, Eugene Braly, Larry Cannon, Don Goff, LeRoy Hadley, Don Loftis, Dale Wooderson, Terry Davis, Dale Anderson and George Rowley.

Bob will be remembered for his love for his God, his family, and his fellowman. He never met a person that he wasnít willing to serve, help and encourage along lifeís journey. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 14th in the First Baptist Church in Blackwell with the Rev. Michael Moers of the First Baptist Church and the Rev. Robert Foos of the Nardin Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Integris Blackwell Rural Health Foundation in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.




Doris Eloise Miller Shepherd
© Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Inc.
08-2020
Submitted by: Glenn

© Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Inc.

April 24, 1923 - August 17, 2020

Doris Eloise Shepherd of Blackwell, Oklahoma, died Monday evening, August 17, 2020, in her home at the age of 97 years surrounded by her loving family.

Doris Eloise Miller was born to Ralph Emerald and Lila Edith Miller April 24, 1923. She spent her childhood in Blackwell growing up next door to her parentís gasoline station. She longed for a sibling and her sister, Sharon Kay, was born when Doris was 16 years old, making her no longer an only child. Doris played the drums in the band and graduated from Blackwell High School in the class of 1941. Following graduation, she attended Oklahoma A & M University and then transferred to Business school in Wichita, Kansas. Upon completion, she worked for Continental Oil Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma, for five years. In December of 1947 she eloped on Christmas Eve with Robert Shepherd, much to her parentís astonishment, given the wedding date had been set for the following week. They were married 62 years. To this union three children were born; Barbara, Mike and Scott.

First and foremost, Doris was a dedicated mother and homemaker. She and Bob established many rich traditions for their family. All of the children and grandchildren eagerly looked forward to every holiday, celebration, and annual summer trip to Gunnison, Colorado where several wonderful memories were made. Their home was always filled with much love, laughter, and joy. Doris was an active member of the First Baptist Church the entirety of her life, where she served as a faithful Sunday School teacher for sixty years. She enjoyed playing golf on Ladiesí Day every Friday at the Blackwell Country Club. She was also an accomplished Bridge player, delighting in two to three Bridge games a week with her beloved friends. She and Bob took great pleasure in dancing the Jitterbug to the Big Band music at local dances. Being a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother, her favorite past time was visiting with her children and grandchildren one-on-one every opportunity she had; never resisting the moments to share her humorous and clever words of wisdom and advice that are forever embedded in our hearts. One never had to guess what she was thinking at any given time, as blunt honesty came very easily for her. She loved to laugh and truly enjoyed every moment of her life. She was abundantly blessed with many remarkable friends throughout her 97 years of active and independent living. Doris was an inspiration to all who were blessed to know her.

She is survived by daughter, Barbara and husband Jon Ihrig; and sons, Mike and wife Linda Shepherd, and Scott and wife June Shepherd of Blackwell. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jared and Brenda Ihrig (Leesburg, Virginia), Chad and Laura Ihrig (Austin, Texas), Drew and Jordan Ihrig (Bartlesville, Oklahoma), Juliann Ihrig (Dallas, Texas), Jason Shepherd (Stillwater, Oklahoma), Brindan and Lori Shepherd, Kristen and Zack Zimmerman (of Blackwell), Justin and Carla Shepherd (Perkins, Oklahoma), Colton and Kortney Dell, Kandee and Joey Little, Kelsey and Alex Little all of Owasso, Oklahoma. Great grandchildren Megan Ihrig, Alex Ihrig, Ainsley Ihrig, Paige Ihrig, Jack Ihrig, Harrison Ihrig, Eloise Ihrig, Madison Shepherd, Max Shepherd, Kate Shepherd, Brett Shepherd, Matt Shepherd, Lauren Zimmerman, Drew Zimmerman, Tucker Shepherd, Landry Shepherd, Maze Dove, Brooks Dell, Ava Little, Abe Little, Andi Little and Miles Little; nieces, Robbie Reagan and husband John, Jana Jordan and husband Mark; nephews, Dan Shepherd and Jeff Rogers; and her beloved caregivers, Mary Bonewell and Rebecca Wedel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Shepherd; her mother and father; two beloved sisters, Lila Jane who died at birth and Sherry Rogers; one nephew, Jim Rogers; and brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Pat Shepherd.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 21st in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Longcrier and Rev. Cody Biby officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be grandsons, Jared Ihrig, Chad Ihrig, Drew Ihrig, Jason Shepherd, Brindan Shepherd and Justin Shepherd. Serving as honorary casketbearers will be the Bridge ladies, Shari Cannon, Betty Roberts, Ann Vickery and Charlotte Ruggs.

A memorial has been established in her honor with the First Baptist Church in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631.

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