December 8, 2005
J. PATRICK SHEPARD
(3/23/1957 – 11/14/2005)
J. Patrick Shepard, 48, of Shawnee, KS, passed away November 14, 2005, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, KS, after a brief illness.
A memorial service to commemorate his life was held on November 18, 2005 at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee, KS. Private burial was held at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS, on November 21, 2005.
Patrick was born March 23, 1957 in Kirksville, MO to Myron and Marguerite Shepard.
Pat was raised in Memphis and graduated from Memphis High School in 1975. From 1975 to 1979 he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science.
On June 21, 1980 he married Gail Meriam in Columbia, MO. The couple just celebrated 25 years of marriage.
In the fall of 1980, Patrick began attending law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He graduated in the spring of 1983 with a Juris Doctorate degree. While at SMU he was the Research Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, graduating top 10 in his class.
In the spring of 1983 he and Gail moved to Kansas City where he worked as an attorney at the law firms of Gage and Tucker and later Hazelton, Laner and Batson. In 2002 he became the COO and in-house council for Stratford Development Corp. He was honored at his memorial service as being fair and honest, always taking time to fully listen to his clients as he helped them with their legal affairs.
Patrick was an Eagle Scout and attended Philmont. He was an avid sports fan, and especially loved watching the Missouri Tigers.
He is survived by his wife, Gail; sons, Michael and Christopher Shepard of the home in Shawnee, KS; parents, Myron and Marguerite Shepard of Kirksville, MO; brothers, Dr. Eric (Linda) Shepard of Perrinton, MI, and Michael Shepard of Kirksville, MO. Patrick left many nieces, nephews, and extended loving family and friends.
Patrick will always be remembered by his friends and family for his keen sense of humor. He loved to tell a good joke or story that fit any occasion to simply make people laugh or smile. He had a special way of putting people at ease and getting everyone to open up and accept him for who he really was - a loving and caring person.
Patrick’s friends in the legal community in Kansas City have established a memorial fund for his son’s education. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Shepard Family Educational Fund, attention Anne Townsend, Gold Bank, 800 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.