Rosalee E. Shepherd, 87, rural South Whitley, passed away at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. One of four children, she was born Aug. 15, 1931, to Olin and Mabel (Biehl) Lofland in Wabash County.
After graduating high school, Rosalee Lofland married her best friend, Richard W. “Dick” Shepherd, Dec. 16, 1951, at Bippus Calvary United Methodist Church, Bippus where Rosalee was a member for 75 years.
For 66 years they enjoyed a life together, raising four children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. As Dick worked in the Manchester Community Schools as a vice principal, principal, and teacher, she was a homemaker. Taking care of her children was always a top priority to her.
When she had free time she enjoyed painting, sewing, crocheting, canning what she grew in her garden and playing piano. As years went on, she always looked forward to the holidays where the entire family would gather at the Shepherd household for a meal and laughs together. After her husband retired from the Manchester Community Schools, she started working for Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington for ten years before retiring.
The loving memory of Rosalee E. Shepherd will be carried on by her husband, Richard W. “Dick” Shepherd, rural South Whitley; two sons: Gene (Martha) Shepherd, Warsaw; and Chris (Kelly) Shepherd, South Whitley; one daughter, Lorene Dotson, Silver Lake; one sister, Darlene Welty, Carmel; seven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Mabel Lofland; one daughter, Ena Elizabeth “Beth” Shoemaker who passed away Sept. 27, 2009; two sisters, Ledona Dennison and Norma Jean Sleighter; two grandchildren, Steven Michael Wolfe who passed away Dec. 30, 2000, and Kristopher Corridan Shepherd who passed away Aug.14, 2013.
Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 24, at Bippus Calvary United Methodist Church, 7955 North 900 West, Huntington, IN 46750, with calling one hour prior to the start of the service. Pastor Barry Faucett will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, County Road 300 East and County Road 1000 North, Servia, IN.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Rosalee E. Shepherd, memorial contributions may be made to Bippus Calvary United Methodist Church, 7955 North 900 West, Huntington, IN 46750.