Obituaries: Billie Ray Shepherd

OTTUMWA – Billie Ray Shepherd, 80, of 102 W. Finley died April 21, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.

He was born August 14, 1936 in Drakesville, IA to Claud and Vera Faye Wintermote Shepherd.

A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1954, Bill was a local musician, recording and writing his own music.  He had worked at Cedar Creek Golf Course for 16 years.

Surviving are five children, Patty (Sonny) Parkman of Houston, TX, Terry “Roy” (Cathy) Shepherd of Ottumwa, Lisa (Chad LeStrange) Greve of Ruthven, Jerry (fiancée Monica Barker) Shepherd of Ottumwa and Holly (Gary) McMahon of Centerville; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a sister, Nancy (Francis) Harris of Sigourney; a sister-in-law, Linda Shepherd of Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Curtis Ray Shepherd; and a brother, Jack Shepherd.

His body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Saylor officiating.

Memorials may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Association or Good Samaritan Hospice.