James “Jim” Louis Shepard, 76, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on May 14, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 6-8pm. Services will be Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2pm at Langsford Funeral Home. Burial will be at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Jim was born December 21, 1942 in Kansas City, MO. He started his working career when he was 16 years old with Milgram Food Stores. After 23 years, he ended his time with Milgram’s as assistant manager due to a work comp injury.
Jim then took on getting his Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering with a 3.9 GPA at Devry University. His next career was with Sokkia Corp for 23 years, utilizing his education. During his tenure, he was sent to Japan for training on new surveying equipment. He overcame his terror of this strange land and came to love Japan and its people.
While working at Sokkia, he purchased a real “fixer upper” at Lake Lotawana, MO. It was one of the original log cabins at the lake. He spent the next 20 years restoring this cabin into a real “show place.” He filled it with antiques which led to 12 years as a part time antique dealer.
After selling the log cabin, he moved to Lee’s Summit, MO, where he spent the last 13 years filling his new home with antiques and collectibles and remodeling. His new “man cave” is without equal.
During his life time, he took on many pursuits: archery, golf, and especially hunting with his brother in-law and best friend Don Argo. They hunted quail, deer, and turkey.
Jim is preceded in death by his father, Harold Shepard and brother, Ronald Shepard. Survivors include his wife, Norma Evans-Shepard; children, Daniel and his wife, Linda Shepard and Rebecca Shepard-Brimager and her husband, James; granddaughter, Amanda Shepard-Orton and her husband, Dustin; great-grandson, Cooper Orton; mother, Eleanor LeGrand Shepard; and brother, Dale R. Shepard.
Jim’s family and friends will miss his fighting spirit, glorious sense of humor, great imagination, ability to turn an “ugly duckling” into a beautiful swan, and unwavering love that we will keep in our hearts until we see him again.