Neal V. Sheppard, 99, of Bethalto, died at 12:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Alton Memorial Hospital while under the care of BJC Hospice.
He was born July 17, 1915 in Nebo, the son of the late Stephen Andrew and Lily B. (Wilson) Sheppard.
He married Gertrude L. Wiegand Aug. 5, 1939, for 73 years. She died June 19, 2013.
Neal graduated from Nebo High School in 1934. He then served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He became an electrician and joined Local Union 649 and was president for one term. He retired in 1976. On the side, he raised and showed Polled Hereford cattle, Quarter Horses and was engaged in farming. He also sold and repaired horse trailers. He was a longtime member of the Illinois Boots and Saddle Club.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, Barb Henke, Michael and Connie Sheppard, Rhonda Sheppard and Larry Ceppenati, all of Bethalto, and Robert and Carol Sheppard of Plantation, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Sheppard; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Rob (Tracy) Henke, Matthew (Tatjana) Sheppard, Elizabeth (Darren) Dase, Kimberly Sheppard, Steven (Kimett) Sheppard, Kelley Acker, Tracey Acker, Adam (Amanda) Sheppard, Michele (Zach) Mock and Amy Nolte, Keith (Ashley) Sheppard; and 12 great-grandchildren, Sydney and Sarah Henke, Dakota and Hunter Nolte, Tommy Pohlman, David and James Sheppard, Colin, Marshall and Jackson Dase, Brayden Sheppard and Corbin Sheppard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a daughter, Diana; a son, James; and a great-granddaughter, Alexandria Henke.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Charles West officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.