ROBERT F. "BOB" SHEPARD

Born: Fri., Feb. 26, 1937
Died: Sat., Feb. 6, 2016


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 20, 2016
Location: Vimbo's Restaurant


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A funeral service for Robert F. “Bob” Shepard, 78, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Vimbo’s Restaurant in Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor Joe Bair of United Church of Christ officiating.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their brightest green shirt, bring a deck of cards, and be prepared to share their favorite Bob stories.  Interment was in the Wheatland Cemetery.
Bob Shepard passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 at his home near Wheatland with his family by his side.
Despite his many travels, Bob was Wheatland’s consummate favorite son. He was born here on February 26, 1937 to L.A. “Toad” & Pauline (Nagel) Shepard.  Bob attended Wheatland schools, graduating from Wheatland High School in 1955.  He attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri for his first year of college before returning to the University of Wyoming in Laramie to complete his studies.  In 1958 he was selected to represent the United States as an ambassador with the International 4-H Youth Exchange Program.  He spent six months with a host family on the plateaus of Columbia interacting with Ag producers and sharing innovative Ag technologies with local farmers and ranchers.  
Bob’s love of aviation began at an early age, and he earned his private pilot’s license while he was at Wentworth.  In February of 1961 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States army and sent to Fort Wolters, Texas to begin his short career as an army helicopter pilot.  While serving his country, he flew H-12, H-13, H-34 and UH-1 helicopters.  He helped keep the peace during heightened tensions in Alabama during his time at Fort Rucker, and then was sent to Viet Nam in 1962 as part of the 1st Air Calvary at Fort Hood, Texas.  He was wounded while flying a Medi-Vac sortie in June of 1963; and with that event, Bob Shepard became the first United States serviceman from the state of Wyoming to be wounded in the Viet Nam conflict. The army sent him to Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado to recover from his injuries, where he met an army nurse named Lana Brooks.  They were married on March 12, 1964.
Bob and Lana returned to Wheatland in 1964 where they lived; farming, feeding cattle, and raising their family until his death.  Bob was fiercely devoted to Wyoming, and to the Wheatland community.  He served on the board of the Wheatland REA, and was a reliable supporter of local FFA and 4-H programs.  His farming and cattle feeding operation grew in size and scope, and for more than 40 years, he enjoyed the reputation of being able to find work for anyone who was willing to show up.
His outspoken commitment to Wyoming and its agricultural economy earned him the respect of many of agriculture’s most brilliant leaders, as well as politicians, dignitaries, educators, and market experts.  His eye for livestock and ability to create value in fed cattle was unsurpassed, and his knowledge of Ag markets & experience in commodity trading was legendary.  Bob was constantly seeking new and innovative opportunities in production agriculture.  He installed the first pivot in southeastern Wyoming in 1969, and was on the leading edge of technology from that point on.  His zest to be more productive and efficient in Ag production was with him till the very end.
Bob Shepard will be remembered for the brilliant light in his blue eyes and the boundless energy he brought to every endeavor.  His enthusiasm was infectious; he never worked a day in his life, because no matter what, he always did what he loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Toad Shepard on November 25, 1984 and Pauline Shepard on March 26, 2012 and his brother, Bill Shepard on February 21, 1998.  
Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 52 years, Lana; sons, Robert B. “Bunker” (Shawn) Shepard and L. Brooks (LeAnn) Shepard; daughter, Beth (Jon) Hendon; grandchildren, Tana (Todd) Howard, Taylor (Jessica) Shepard, Tori Shepard, Kaci (Grady) Shepard, Samantha Shepard, Rylan Shepard, and Robert Hendon; three great-grandchildren; and hundreds of friends, partners, and rescued souls.  We’re gonna miss him.
Memorials in Bob’s name have been established to the Wyoming FFA Foundation, 1286 Upton Fairview Road, Newcastle, Wyoming 82701 or to the Mountain States Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 12200 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80014.  You may dedicate your contribution to Wyoming Vets only, if you wish.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Frankie Morris
   Posted Tue February 09, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go to the Shepard family.

Glenn and Pearl Johnson
   Posted Wed February 10, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gertrude Rosengreen
   Posted Thu February 11, 2016
Sorry for your lost,my sympathy as prayers for the family at this time. I have lost a neighbor as well so often he would wave as he passed by our way My sympathy and prayers to the family.
Gertrude Rosengreen

Becky Gerlach
   Posted Fri February 12, 2016
To all of Bob's family and friends - Bob will be missed so much. I have never known a person with so much knowledge, joy of living and the ability to communicate with all. He had a ready smile, loved his family and was good to his friends. You will be in my prayers. Treasure all the good memories

Dean and Ruth Vaughn
   Posted Sat February 13, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss.

Ken and Chris Pasley
   Posted Tue February 16, 2016
Condolences to the Shepard-Henyon family. Bob will be missed so much by his friends and community. He was so kind to friends. You remain in our prayers.

Jerry and Ann Palen
   Posted Thu February 18, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of our friend, Bob, our thoughts are with you.
Jerry and Ann Palen6

Pat Francis
   Posted Sat February 20, 2016
Lana and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
So sorry for your loss.

From Kentucky:
Pat Francis

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