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Leonard Lee Shepherd was born March 14, 1924 at Ellington, Missouri to the union of Charles W. and Pearl A. (Box) Shepherd. He departed this life on April 28, 2012 at Birch Tree Place at the age of 88 years.

Leonard was united in marriage to Glenna Naomi Lambert on April 17, 1948. This union was blessed with two daughters, Patricia Ann and Catherine Sue.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Charles Shepherd; his wife, Naomi; one daughter, Patricia Ann Ledgerwood; one granddaughter, Kimberly Sue (McGath) Fuller; one grandson, Michael Lee Ledgerwood; one great grandson, Brian W. Fuller; one son-in-law, Rollie J. McGath; five brothers, Odis, Glen, Clarence, Frank and Chester; and two sisters, Ollie Camden and Edna Whittington.

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine McGath, Mountain View; six grandchildren, Kevin McGath, Sikeston, MO, Teona McGath, Springfield, MO, Katrina McGath, Mountain View, Beverly Craig and husband, Donnie, Birch Tree, MO, Virgil L. Ledgerwood, Jr. and wife, Cheryl, Franklinville, NJ, and Rhonda Shepherd and husband, Mike, Stotts City, MO; eight great grandchildren, Cassandra and Brianna Fuller, Thayer, MO, Eliza Hopper, Birch Tree, Jarod, Jeffery and Heather Ledgerwood, Franklinville, NJ, Shashauna Smith, Florida, Rebecca Long and husband, Jeremy, Stotts City; two great great grandchildren, Chesney and Hayden Swindle, Birch Tree; and one sister-in-law, Lois Shepherd, Birch Tree.

Leonard was employed by Smith Flooring and retired after 38 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, carpentry, working in his yard, Western movies, sitting on his porch drinking coffee, and spending time with his family.

He accepted God into his life as his Savior on February 13, 2011.

He loved his family, friends, and God. He will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation will be Monday April 30 from 6-8 PM at Yarber Mortuary. Services will be May 1 at 1 PM at Yarber Mortuary, with interment at Oaklawn Cemetery, West Plains, MO.

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