IN MEMORIAM: Laborers’ Local 338’s Patrick Sheppard

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South Roxana, IL – Patrick Phillip Sheppard, business agent for Laborers’ Local 338 in Wood River, Ill., died unexpectedly on July 13 at Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton. He was 58.

Brother Sheppard enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was born May 20, 1961 in Tulsa, Okla., son of the late Joseph L. Sheppard and Joyce (Rogers) Yoder. He married Tracy Schuler on Dec. 23, 1994 in Edwardsville.

In addition to his wife and mother, he leaves behind a daughter, Shelby Ann Sheppard of South Roxana, and brothers Kevin Rogers of Tulsa and Jerry Cox of Wentzville, Mo.

A funeral service was held July 19 at Marks Mortuary in Wood River, with internment at Wanda Cemetery in South Roxana.

Memorials may be made to Shelby Sheppard’s college fund, established at Scott Credit Union.

Glyn Ramage, business manager for the Southwestern Illinois Laborers’ District Council, said Sheppard was a strong leader and will be greatly missed.

“Pat Sheppard was a good, decent, hard-working man,” Ramage said. “He loved his family, his local union and his friends. He made the Labor Movement better for working men and women, and I am a better person for having Pat Sheppard in my life. It was a great loss and his presence will be missed.”

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