Duane W. Shepard, age 95 of Durand, formerly of Gaines, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Lodges of Durand. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, January 6, 2020 at the Gaines United Methodist Church, 117 W. Clinton St. Gaines, MI 48436 with Rev. Barbara Benjamin and Rev. John Walworth co-officiating. Family will receive friends at the church Monday one hour prior to the service.
Duane was born on April 30, 1924 in Gaines to the late Dewey and Nellie (VanAuken) Shepard. After high school, Duane served his country in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Engineers PTO from 1943-1946. Following his service, Duane married Betty Jean Pitman on June 29, 1946 and together raised 3 children. Betty later passed on September 6, 2017.
Prior to his retirement, Duane worked for Grand Trunk Railroad as an Engineer for 39 years. He was a member of the Durand VFW Reed-Raymond Post #2272. Duane loved playing golf and skins games at Willowbrook and Dutch Hollow Golf Courses. He and Betty spent many years living in the home they had on Sunny Breeze Golf Course in Arcadia, Florida, playing golf and socializing with neighbors and friends.
Duane is survived by his 3 children: Michael (Bonnie) Shepard, Larry (Dawn) Shepard, Patricia Shepard; 8 grandchildren: John (Danyel) Robinson, Emily (Chad) Hoisington, Stacey (Mike) Carr, Sheilla (Jason) Petrella, Brian Shepard, Matt Shepard; 9 great grandchildren: Gavin Shepard, Johnny Robinson, Sade Robinson, Ashton Mitchell, Nolan Carr, Elliott Carr, Ronnie Hoisington, Jaden Robinson and Sydney Petrella.
The Shepard family would like to thank the Lodges of Durand and Heart to Heart Hospice for the care given to their dad.
Memorial contributions given in Mr. Shepard's name are suggested to Heart to Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to his family by going to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com