Richard Shepard


Richard Shepard was born September 27, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio where he attended Columbus Public Schools. He was also a part of Fly Town, where everyone knew him.

Richard worked for The Ohio State Fair Grounds for over 25 years. He later retired, and still attended the fair yearly with his son Rickey Shepard. He was a member of Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith where he was also baptized. Later after retirement, Richard grew a love for the Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Team. Richard did not miss a game and he took Rickey to every game with him. They even had special seats for him and Rickey when they attended.

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Jesse Shepard; mother, Matilda (Greene) Shepard; wife, Ernestine (Wade) Shepard; son, Richard (Gill) Shepard; daughter, Gwendolyn M. Shepard; sisters, Simanthia Roy, Jessie Smith, and Betty Wimbley.

Richard leaves to cherish his precious memories with his sons, Michael Shepard and Rickey Shepard; granddaughter, Chanae (Delvin) Ballantine; great grandchildren, Tahnika Allen, Tasia Allen, Tahj Robinson; great-great grandchildren, Ameila and Kingsley Owusu, and Tahlia Robinson; sisters, Jean Hawkins, Joyce Shepard, and Darlene Baldwin; sister-in-law Georgia Bennett; brother-in-law, Frank Wade; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation 11:00am and Funeral 12:00pm Monday, July 19, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment Green Lawn Cemetery.


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Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family. Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Thinking of you all.

  2. Jesse and Andrea Barrett and Sons

    No one ever enjoyed life or laughed so loudly as our beloved Uncle Boo. He always let you know how he felt and never bit his tongue in telling you HIS truth. We loved him and are saddened by his passing. God will have somebody in Heaven to keep Him on His toes with Uncle Boo up there. Blessings and love to the family. May you be comforted during these times.

  3. So sorry to hear that we have lost Richie. He had a great influence on my hockey career.
    He was always there, when I needed a boost in those lean years in Columbus, with a pat on the back and a pep talk to cheer me on.
    Not only me, but many other players on the club were inspired by his warmth, kindness and generosity.
    I will never forget his big warm smile.
    Alton White

  4. Shep could make everyone smile. When the Owls’ offices were in a trailer by one of the Fair Grounds entrances, a daily visit from Shep was a welcome highlight. His smile and infectious laugh could cheer up the darkest days. He absolutely loved Moe Bartoli. I learned everything I knew about Columbus hockey listening to Moe and Shep spinning yarns. Rest In Peace Shep. You were one of a kind.

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