Claude Shepherd, 94, and a longtime resident of Warsaw, passed away quietly at Kosciusko Community Hospital at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.
Born in Prestonsburg, Ky., on Aug. 14, 1926, he was the son of Abe and Vina (Vanderpool) Shepherd. His family moved to Kosciusko County when he was young, and he attended Silver Lake High School before honorably serving in the US Army’s 11th Airborne Division.
Professionally, he was a retired postal carrier, having spent more than 32 years with the United States Postal Service. Though he retired from the USPS in 1987, he remained busy around the farm and in the community. He was a longtime member of Silver Creek Church of God and a member of American Legion Post 49. He enjoyed camping with his wife and singing at his church. He also enjoyed singing at Miller’s Merry Manor and at various churches around the area.
On June 7, 1952, he was united in marriage to Martha M. Middleton. Martha and Claude shared many happy memories, spending more than 62 years together before her passing in March of 2015. Also preceding Claude in passing are six siblings, brothers: Wayne, Alex, Charles and Clyde Shepherd; and sisters: Thelma Wolfe and Myrtle Younce.
Survivors include daughter: Sandra “Sandy” Shepherd and her husband John, Silver Lake; grandchildren: Dan (Lauren) Shepherd, Fort Wayne; Sara Shepherd, Silver Lake; and Katie Westfall, North Manchester; and great-grandchildren: January, Atticus, Finnley and Thea.
A Life Celebration® is planned with the assistance of Warsaw’s Titus Funeral Home. Friends may gather for visitation at Silver Creek Church of God, 6504 W. CR 1300S, Silver Lake, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 19. At noon, family friend and former pastor of the church, Tom Craig will officiate Claude’s funeral with burial to follow in Silver Creek Cemetery.
Those wishing to express their sympathy may give to the church with envelopes available at the visitation. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com
**The family is requesting that masks be worn during the visitation and funeral service.**