December 8, 1931 ~ November 20, 2019

Born in: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Resided in: Littleton , Colorado

Carroll Edward “Ned” Shepard, 87, passed away on November 20, 2019 with his family

by his side. He is survived by son, Curtis Shepard of St. Louis, and daughter, Zoe Ann

Smith (Stuart) of Littleton; his loving grandchildren, Michael (Stephanie), Courtney

(Devin), Tyler, Carly, and Dana; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Lawrence

Shepard of St. Louis. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Donna,

his sons, Todd and Gordon, and his sister, Lola Al-Naama of Sunnyvale.

Ned was born on December 8, 1931 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Carroll C. and Helen F.

Shepard. During his middle school years the family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri,

where he graduated from the Principia Upper School.

Ned attended University of Missouri as an English major, but interrupted his education to

enlist instead in the U. S. Coast Guard as the Korean conflict heated up. He was posted

to the Great Lakes District in Cleveland where he met Donna in 1954. They married in

1955 and spent the next 60 years together. After his honorable discharge in 1958, Ned

moved the family to Denver, a place he had fallen in love with during a college visit.

After owning a dance studio for a couple of years, Ned spent his business career in

commercial real estate with Fuller and Company until his early retirement in 1975.

After his retirement, Ned and Donna moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, where they lived for

nearly thirty years before moving back to Denver to be close to family. They enjoyed

traveling by motor home and on cruises all over the world together, and on occasion

they brought the family along. He loved music, dancing, and travelling, but most of all,

he was dedicated to his wife and family. He was a loving caregiver for Donna after she

suffered strokes, and they truly lived their wedding vows.

Ned was passionate about living by the water and yachting. He and Donna were

members of the Ft. Myers Yacht Club, and the couple cruised with other club members.

The name on the transom of their boat was “Do It Now,” a motto he lived by and the

attitude to which he attributed much of his success in life. He also gave thanks to God

for his life well lived and full of blessings.


Celebration of Life: November 23, 2019 10:00 am

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

Private Committal Service:

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Carroll E. "Ned" Shepard's name.

Alzheimer's Association: Colorado Chapter

455 Sherman Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 813-1669
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  1. ZoeAnn we are so sorry to hear of your loss, your dad was was always so nice when we were growing up; i’ll never forget when he let me use his car phone with the rotary dial! 🙂 May God grant you His peace in your loss.
    Daniel & Nancy McCord

  2. Ned was a kind and generous man. He welcomed us to the neighborhood with a delicious chocolate cake..the only neighbor to ring our bell and greet us after we moved in. He was always asking me if I could use this or that he was cleaning out.
    He loved to talk about his family, especially the time he and your Mom had their boat.
    The first time the paramedics came to the house and took him to the hospital, as he was being wheeled out to the ambulance he waved with a “thumbs up” sign and called out, “Just a trial run!” I’ll never forget him.
    I’m glad you had those extra years to spend with him. My sincerest condolences to your family.


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