Kenneth Kay Shepard – Enterprise Park Rapids


Kenneth Kay Shepard was born on March 6, 1940 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. He was the eldest of Marion and Viola Shepard’s four children. He graduated from East Peoria High School in 1957 and then attended Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, where he received a degree in physics in 1962. He received his master’s degree from Michigan State University. In 1961 Ken married Iris Knight of Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Ken worked as a teacher in Illinois for several years before he and Iris decided to teach overseas for the DoDDS. They have taught in Bermuda, Okinawa and Germany. Ken has worked at the Nuremberg district office as IT coordinator for schools for the past three years. He then spent some time as a computer repairman at Camp Darby, Italy. Ken loved to see the world and he took advantage of many opportunities to travel during his time abroad. Ken spent many summers building a house north of Park Rapids, and after his retirement Ken returned to the area. He worked with his son, Dan, as the network coordinator for the Northern Lights Library System in Moorhead, Minnesota for two years. He and Iris owned Bronson Page Books in Park Rapids and ran the local Radio Shack for many years, before retiring again. He attended Riverside United Methodist Church where he was a choir director. Some of you may remember him as Santa Claus in Park Rapids.

Ken had many interests, but he particularly enjoyed boating, cross-country skiing and hunting.

Ken died on July 2, 2022 at Crystal Brook in Park Rapids, MN. He was predeceased by his parents, Marion and Viola (Bronson) Shepard. He is survived by his wife, Iris; his sisters Sharon (David) Bradley of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, and Charlene (Rich) Hess of St. Anne, Illinois; his brother DeWayne (Brooks) Shepard of Ponder, Texas; his children Carmen (Julie) Shepard of Belleville, Illinois, and Daniel (Stefanie) Shepard of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; his grandchildren Lauren Shepard and Ben Shepard; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held August 12 at Riverside UMC in Park Rapids. (Visitation at 10:00 a.m. and Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Esther Ramsey-Fundraiser For Walk MS-Indianapolis 2022 or Riverside United Methodist Church.

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