James A. Shepard

James A. Shepard, 54, of Bowler, left on his journey on Monday afternoon, Dec. 14, 2015, at the Appleton Medical Center, following a sudden illness.

Jim was born on April 19, 1961, in Keshena, a son of Ira and Mary (Tomow) Shepard. He attended the Indian Community School in Milwaukee. Following high school he went to work in Milwaukee. For the past 12 years he was employed as the groundskeeper at Pine Hills Golf Course. He was an avid golfer and loved to shoot pool. He enjoyed participating in Native traditions through his singing, drumming and going to powwows. He loved spending time with and laughing with his family.

Jim is survived by his four children, Matthew, Valerie, Selena,and Stephanie; several grandchildren; his parents, Ira and Mary Shepard, of Bowler; two brothers, Michael (Punkin) Shepard, of Bowler, and Tom (Linda) Shepard, of the town of Red Springs; his ex-wife, Bertha Shepard, of Bowler; cousins, Tawana and Shawn, Tanya and Earl, John-John and Girl Shawn, Bully and Kat, Touche and Jenny, Tommy, Sherry and Carl; and many nieces, nephews, relatives,and friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Shepard.

Funeral services for Jim will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 11a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Wilderness. Pastor Melinda Shriner will officiate. Interment will take place at the Red Springs Cemetery, town of Red Springs. Relatives and friends may call at the church after 12 p.m. Thursday until the time of service on Friday.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

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