Walter Gene Shepard, 85, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Loving. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Morrison Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Loving Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
Walter Gene was born December 22, 1931 in Young County to the late Joe William and Nellie Lee (Sanders) Shepard. He married Erma Ruth Sams December 14, 1951 in Loving and she preceded him in death October 24, 2014. Walter Gene was a Farmer and Rancher for Shepard Farms and a veteran of the United States Army where he was a sniper in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Loving Baptist Church, Young County Farm Bureau, Loving Fire Department, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served on the FHA Committee and FSA County Committee for many years. Walter Gene loved farming and ranching and he also owned and operated an oil lease for over twenty years.
Survivors include: son Mark Shepard and wife, Kay of Loving; granddaughter, Kelly Smith and husband, Jason of Loving; grandsons, Frankie and Brandon Bailey both of Loving; great grandchildren Reagan and Scout Smith of Loving; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobbie Joe Shepard in 2014.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Loving Cemetery Association or Loving Volunteer Fire Department.