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George Shepherd

Updated: Nov 15, 2022




George Ray Shepherd, 79, passed away on November 10, 2022. He was with family and surrounded by love.


George was born January 4, 1943, in Ottumwa, IA. to Raymond and Erma (Sirdoreus) Shepherd. His family later moved to Des Moines when he was 13. George graduated Lincoln High School in 1960. He married the love of his life Donna Shepherd in 1963. George was a Regional Manager with Sierra Fasteners and a proud member of the Metal Building Association.


George was a faithful St. Louis Cardinals fan and loved watching sports, playing cards, softball, bowling, camping, and boating with friends and family at Lakewood and Rathbun Lake. George always made time for his grandkids and was always there to lend a hand on project day. He will be remembered for his quirky personality.


George was proceeded in death by his daughter Jonnie Costanzo, brother Tom Shepherd, and his parents.


George is survived by his wife of 59 years, Donna (Boomershine) Shepherd; children, Jamie (Bill) Sowder, Craig (Candy) Shepherd; son in law Bill (Jonnie) Costanzo; sister Sandra Taylor, brother Jerry (Vicki) Shepherd; his grandchildren Randy (Nicole) Costanzo, Stephanie Costanzo, Will Sowder, David Sowder, Amanda (Tyler Virden) Shepherd, Morgan Shepherd; his great grandchildren Reid Costanzo, June Costanzo, Aubrey Wertz, Mason Virden, Tyler Virden II; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his dog Ellie.


A visitation will be held at Sunset Memorial Chapel on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Services will follow at 2:00.

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