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Harry W. Shepard “Bud”, 78 of Rockford, passed peacefully at home surround by his family on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Harry began his journey of life on February 20, 1942 the son of Harry Sr. and Lorraine (Benham) Shepard. He graduated from Union High School and honorably joined the United States Air Force serving from 1961 – 1965. Upon Harry’s arrival back home, he began his career in plumbing/pipefitting, which he continued until retirement. In 1983, Harry married the love of his life, Laura. Together they shared a love of camping and fishing. Harry, along with his wife, spent every weekend taking the grandkids up north, teaching them the true meaning of family and of course, how to catch the biggest fish. As the years passed, Harry’s love for coffee, friends, and family turned into traditional morning coffee dates. Harry’s greatest joy came from his family bonds with Kerri, Bridget, Shauna, and Aleisha Smith, along with his great-grandson, and best pal, Ayden Isaacson. Harry wore many hats as he faithfully pursued the life of husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and most of all, friend. He took on multiple roles for many people to ensure that each needed figure in their life was present. Harry’s determined and heartfelt personality created the best role model. He could always be found cracking jokes and being the crowd comedian. Surviving are his wife, Laura; children, Ronda Smith, Harry “Bill” (Kim) Shepard, Wayne Ream, Kenneth (Beverly) Ream, and Aaron (Sarah) Ream; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Shepard and Shirley Mosher; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his beloved dogs, Roscoe and Rosie; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents: three sisters, MaryLou Shepard, Francis Slavens, and Patricia DeZwaan; brother, Robert “Bob” Shepard. The love and memories that Harry left behind will never be forgotten. The stories of his jokes, camping trips, and life story will forever be shared with friends, family, and great-great-grandkids yet to come. As a family, we would like to hear your stories, see your pictures, and relive the amazing memories that Harry has left with you. A private memorial will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to: Fresenius Kidney Care, 311 Rockford Park Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. 

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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