Ralph Shepard

July 14, 2014 - September 11, 2014
Saginaw, MI



Saturday, October 4, 2014
12:00 PM EDT
United Methodist Church
201 Fourth Street
East Jordan, MI 49727
(231) 536-2161


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

ALS Association
675 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083
Web Site


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Flower Station
341 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-1742
Driving Directions
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Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
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Life Story / Obituary


Ralph Shepard Jr. of Saginaw, formerly of Reese and Frankenmuth died Thursday, September 11, 2014. He was born July 14, 1939 in Charlevoix the son of Ralph and Naomi (Carey) Shepard.

He was captain of football team at East Jordan High School as well as running Track in which he broke several records.

Ralph was the top Central Cadet from the Fort Riley ROTC summer camp. He then served as Captain in the United States Army with the 'Big Red 1' infantry during the Vietnam War, followed by two years of reserves.

Ralph retired from General Motors after 30 years; he worked in Production Control and Logistics.

Ralph spent his time enjoying all technology, especially Apple Products, Photography, Music collecting, Fishing, Boating and spending time with his Collies, Sheena and Kylie. Ralph collected and grew many varieties of roses, some very rare. With his wife, Michelle, he traveled to many beautiful places, their favorites being Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor both located in Maine. Ralph was also fortunate enough to visit many cities in Europe and Mexico while traveling for business.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Michelle; they were married on May 25, 2007 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth; children; David (Marilou), Michael (Constance), Elizabeth (Leisa); mother, Naomi; brother, Allan (Jackie), Lanny (Winifred), sisters; Phyllis (Douglas), Helen (Douglas); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; father and mother-in-law, James Belanger (Mary); sisters and brothers in-law, Denise Monville (Joe) and Teresa Beiser (Ed).

He is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Shepard, Sr.

A memorial service will be held 12 noon, Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, East Jordan, Michigan. Those wishing to make a donation, can make them to the ALS Association, 675 E. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, Michigan 48083. Please sign the guest book and share a message with his family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.