September 19, 2014

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Frank Cole Shepard Print E-mail

July 22, 1926-Feb. 12, 2014

Franklin Cole Shepard, Pine River, passed away peacefully at Oshkosh Mercy Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.  Frank was born on July 22, 1926, in Hancock.  He was raised by his grandmother, Regina Czarneski Shepard, many loving aunts and uncles, and his father Roy and step-mother Olive Underhill Shepard.

On Nov. 7, 1952, Frank married Marilyn Kalmerton at the Poy Sippi Methodist Church.  He served in the Navy during WWII, traveled in the South Pacific, and was stationed in New Caledonia.  He briefly attended UW-Stevens Point. He worked at Speed Queen in Omro for 37 years, working his way up from the assembly line to become plant manager.  Frank and his beloved wife Mary built their own home in Pine River where they raised four children.  Frank enjoyed life.  He filled the room with his presence and sense of fun.  He cared about people and was a wonderful husband, father, and friend.  Frank loved to fish.  On most fall weekends you could find him cheering on the Packers.  He was always ready to go out for breakfast, host a fish fry, or play a game of cards.  He enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife, and watching the birds.  He will be missed.

Frank is survived by his wife: Marilyn Shepard, and their four children: Bev (Jack) Christ, Ripon; Mike (Wendy) Shepard, Appleton; Bea (Phil) Sattler, River Falls; Dave (Patti) Shepard, Wautoma; 13 grandchildren: Eric Bice, Nicole Bice; Kelsey, Brooklyn and Christopher Shepard; Amanda Sattler (Nick Terry), Gretchen (Steve) Johannes, Katie Sattler, Pete Sattler; Sarah (Austin) Nelson, Becky Truesdale, Adam Shepard, Johanna Shepard, Evan Meyer, Jared Meyer; five great-grandchildren; and his sister: Jean Bailey, La Pine, OR.  Frank is further survived by several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter: (unnamed); his son: Duane Franklin Shepard; and his grandson: Corey Casper.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Poy Sippi United Methodist Church. Rev. George Groves will officiate with burial to follow at the Pine River Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Wild Rose, and again on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences available at

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.


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