Joshua Shepherd 1980-2014

Posted on May 28th in Obituaries

OBIT ShepherdJoshua James Shepherd, 33, of Burns, died in a tragic car accident on May 18 on Highway 20, just east of the Santiam Summit in Jefferson County.

Joshua was born Nov. 29, 1980, in Burns, to Jim and Elia Shepherd. He was raised in Riley, on the South Silver Creek Ranch where he attended Suntex Elementary, a one-room school house. He remained at this school through the sixth-grade, with his beloved sister, Janine, and other children from the ranching community.

Josh and his family later moved to Burns, where he attended Burns High School, and met his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Wagner. In 1998, he graduated from Burns High School and went on to Oregon State University (OSU), where he received a degree in agricultural resource economics. Josh was proud to graduate as a fourth-generation OSU grad in 2003/2004.

On Aug. 25, 2008, he married the love of his life, Jennifer, and the couple resided in Mt. Angel. On Feb. 3, 2010, they welcomed their wonderful son, Liam James, and not long after, on Sept. 17, 2012, they were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Penelope Paige. As a family, they enjoyed spending time together outside playing, gardening and being part of their close-knit neighborhood.

Josh worked for Kraemer Nursery Inc. in Silverton, where he loved the challenges of developing systems of supply chain management. His success and achievements at work were a source of fulfillment and pride for Josh and his family.

Josh will forever be remembered as a fun-loving, witty and hard-working son, father, husband and brother. Josh and Jen cherished their children, family, friends, and the communities of Harney County and Mt. Angel/Silverton.

Joshua is survived by his wife, Jennifer; their children, Liam, 4, and Penelope, 1; his parents, Jim and Elia Shepherd of Burns; and sister, Janine Simms, of Phoenix, Ariz.

A service for Josh will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Hines on May 31 at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow.

LaFollette’s Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements, and a memorial service will be held in Silverton at a date to be determined.

Contributions in Joshua Shepherd’s memory may be made to an account that has been set up for Jennifer and the children at US Bank, account No. 153666352585. You can either drop it off at any US Bank, or send it to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

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