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(July 17, 1919 – May 4, 2010)

On May 4, 2010 Claud Shepherd passed away on the farm on which he was born 90 years ago. He was cared for by his family and departed this life in the comfort of his own home as did his wife Marjorie (McCrary) Shepherd in 2006. He was born July 17, 1919 in Edenville, son of the late George Shepherd and Nellie (Henry) Shepherd. He left only for a short period of time as he served 5 years in the U.S. Army during WWII and when he lived briefly in Midland. Thereafter, he bought the family farm from his mother and stayed there for the remainder of his life. Following his return from the war, he began working in construction and subsequently started his own construction business. Some of his larger projects included Brown Machine, Robinson Industries, and the Coleman Plastics Plant. Although Claud loved being home at the farm, he also thoroughly enjoyed traveling. Along with snow skiing in the Swiss Alps, surfing in Hawaii, and scuba diving in the Bahamas, for over 30 years Claud and his wife spent their winters in the Florida Keys on their 30-ft. Cargile Cutter that they trailered to Bahia Honda State Park every year. He was a strong and driven man with relentless resolution, determination, and perseverance: he had the resolve to do anything he set his mind to. Surviving are his children, Robert (Shari) Shepherd of Hope, Peggy (Douglas) Dale of Hope, Jackie (Joe) Balzola of Miami, FL and Craig (Teresa) Shepherd of Sanford; 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandsons and one brother Ted Shepherd of Lewiston. He was predeceased by brothers Max and Gerald Shepherd and sisters Bella Bauman, Donna Elmore and Crystal Swanton. Funeral and committal services will take place 11 a.m., Friday, May 7 from the Hope Baptist Church in Hope Michigan with Pastor Neil Wiggins officiating. Claud?ÇÖs family will receive friends at the Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Thursday from 4-7 p.m and at church on Fri. from 10 until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Hope Baptist Church where he was a member for many years. Online Memorials are available at smithminer.com