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Earl R. Shepard

Earl R. Shepard

1939 - 2015

On Wednesday night Earl left this earth peacefully and gently at home with his family and devoted caregivers at his side.

Earl R. Shepard was born April 10, 1939, in Black River, a son of Louis Ray and Elizabeth Anabel Shepard. He graduated from Evans Mills High School and received an associated degree in Business from Jefferson Community College. From 1959 until 1963 he served in the United States Army, after being honorably discharged. On August 24, 1963, he married Charleen Jobin at St. Henry’s Church in DeKalb Junction with Reverend Whittaker officiating.

Earl was a time keeper for Black Clawson Co., a warehouse supervisor for Northland Electric and retired on January 1, 2002, from the Department of Logistics, as a material supply specialist, Fort Drum, NY. Earl was a member of the Northern New York Coin Club, the Thousand Islands Antique Association and the Disabled American Veterans of Jefferson County. He was an avid reader, loved antiques and attending auctions, and had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife Charleen, are two sons; Alan R., Clayton, R. Scott and his companion Cheryl Jacobs,  Ramah, Colorado, a daughter and her husband; Heather and Richard Hennigan, Bradford, PA, a brother and his wife; Norton and Carolyn Shepard, Watertown, a sister and her husband; Ruth and Robert Lambert, Stewartville, New Jersey, a sister-in-law; Beverly Shepard, Watertown, five grandchildren; Kenneth Shepard, Ashley Jacobs, Victoria Hennigan, Rayanna Hennigan and Camaron Hennigan several nieces and nephews. Two brothers Frank and Harry and a sister Marie Burnett preceded him in death.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 11am – 1pm followed by a 1pm Celebration of Life at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc., 135 Keyes Ave., Watertown, NY 13601, with Reverend Donald Bryant officiating. A reception will follow at Hospice of Jefferson County. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601 or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com.


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Very sorry for your loss.

By Cliff Cook on 12 13, 2015


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To Charleen and family, I am so sorry you lost Earl. My thoughts are with you.

By Mary Eldrett on 12 12, 2015


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Charlene ... please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your loved one.  May memories of days gone by fill your heart with song and bring a smile to your face.  Your dear husband is now at peace.

By Terry Tessier on 12 12, 2015


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Charleen and family - Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.  Great memories of doing the antique shows with you and Earl. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

By Betty and Tom Chapman on 12 12, 2015


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Charleen and Family,my deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Earl. No words can ease the pain of losing a loved one of your family.Knowing that he is in a better place does sooth the soul.I’m in Florida,otherwise would’ve come to funeral.Sending my love to all.Aunt Shirley

By Shirley Hendricks and Family on 12 11, 2015


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