Arthur E. “Archie” Shepperd, age 79, of Silver Lake (formerly of Hutchinson), passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at Cedar Crest Estate, Inc. in Silver Lake.
He was born June 21, 1936, in Howard Lake, the son of Erwin and Alice (Birkholz) Shepperd. Arthur was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
He grew up on the family farm on Dutch Lake near Howard Lake, and was a graduate of Howard Lake High School.
Arthur entered active military service in the United States Army July 16, 1954, in Buffalo. He traveled to Germany, was awarded several honors, including the Good Conduct Medal, Sharp Shooter (Carbine), National Defense Service Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), and received an honorable discharge July 3, 1957, at Fort Sheridan, IL; serving in the Army Reserve until July 15, 1962.
Arthur was united in marriage to Marlana Karsten Sept. 16, 1961, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters.
Arthur and Marlana (“Arch and Marty”) farmed their own place on Dutch Lake before moving to Montevideo, where Arthur was a manager at Holiday. They later moved to Hutchinson, during which time he worked at Glencoe Manufacturing, and then at Hutchinson Manufacturing, Inc., prior to his retirement.
Arthur and Marlana shared nearly 49 years of marriage until Marlana passed away April 24, 2010.
Arthur liked to “keep an ear” on WCCO radio and the Twins games. He enjoyed waking up early to have coffee and read the newspaper.
In the tradition of his own father, who kept daily notes on the barn calendar, Arthur was a journal keeper; sure to keep track of noteworthy events, calls, visitors, and the daily high/low temperature. He kept the telephone busy calling “time and temp,” usually asking visitors for their “guess on temp.”
Archie enjoyed fishing, bowling, a good game of cards, and a ride out in the country to check out the local lakes, the corn crop, and to watch for deer.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.
Following the loss of his wife, Arthur moved to Cedar Crest Estates in Silver Lake, where he enjoyed many new (and old) friends, and was considered “quite a character” by the staff, especially Mark and Jolen.
Arthur is survived and greatly missed by his daughters, Carrie Oliver and her husband, Kevin of Hesperia, CA, and Holli Ranfranz and her husband, Greg of Corcoran; grandchildren, Heather and Ryan Oliver, and Madeline and Nathan Ranfranz; a sister, Carolyn Dangers of Silver Lake; brothers Victor Shepperd and his wife, Gladys of Roseville, and Howard Shepperd and his wife, Dorothy of Stewartville; sister-in-law June Shepperd of New Hope; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Marlana, Archie was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Alice Shepperd; an infant daughter, Kimberly Shepperd; a brother, Ralph Shepperd;and brothers-in-law Donald Dangers and Howard Lewison.
Funeral services took place Monday, Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Abide With Me,” “Amazing Grace,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”
Casket bearers were Mark Shepperd, Michael Dangers, Barry Clifton, Rick Wolfsteller, and Steve LeClair.
Military honors were provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.