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JAMES "SHEP" SHEPHERD

Visitation:
Friday, July 14, 2006
2:00 PM until 9:00 PM
FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
190 ARLEN DR.
CROSS STREET IS COMMERCE BLVD.
ROHNERT PARK, CA 94931

Visitation:
Saturday, July 15, 2006
10:00 AM until 10:30 AM
HARTLEY CEMETERY CHAPEL
2552 Hill Rd. East
LAKEPORT, CA 95453

Service:
Saturday, July 15, 2006
11:00 AM
HARTLEY CEMETERY CHAPEL
2552 Hill Rd. East
LAKEPORT, CA 95453



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SHEPHERD, JAMES SHEP
Shep, passed away early July 4th at Sutter Lakeside Hospital, surrounded by his immediate family and close friend Paul Willis.
Shep was one of the lucky few who was able to make a living doing what he loved and loved what he was doing, being a mechanic and auto enthusiast almost all of his life. Shep partially retired 17 years ago so he could continue being involved in his passion with cars, about 5 years ago Shep fully and formally retired from work so he could race his go-kart in earnest... again.
Born February 16, 1935 in Mariposa County were he spent most of his youth, as a young adult his family moved to San Francisco where Shep went to Lowell High School and after high school he lived in South San Francisco and then moved to Lake County.
He spent many a summers evening and later vacationed on the shores of Clear Lake. Then in 1977 he turned his summer home into a full time residence.
As a young adult he like many young men had a passion for hot rods. He joined the San Francisco Pacers and continued to value those bonds of friendship established early in his life. Being a true auto enthusiast he held a passion for racing in all forms, and he was an accomplished racer on two or four wheels. He had a passion for racing go-karts, a sport he enjoyed in his 20s, then in his 60s he reestablished his friendships at Northern California Karting and continued to finish in the top 3 places in his 70s at Thunder Hill Raceway in Willows, and numerous other Road Course tracks. He won first place for the 2003 IKF (International Karting Federation) Road Race Grand Nationals in his karting class and the Troy Rupman Award. He enjoyed all aspects of racing from being in the drivers seat, to wrenching on motors, fine tuning chassis and lastly being in the grand stands. In 1979 he purchased the Shell Station on 11th and Main and became a fixture of Lakeport in no time. In the late 80s he brought his passion for hot rods to Lakeport with the Clear Lake Revival a 3 day event featuring a car show, dance, poker run and a cruises through the streets of Lake County. Many will miss this extraordinary man, his sense of humor, insurmountable spirit and enthusiasm for life.
Proceeded in death by: Parents; Irene and James Shepherd, Niece Irene Villeggiante, Brother Roy Johnson of Bakersfield, Sister Alice Leon of San Francisco, Sister Betty Quinn-Heidenreich of Opa Locka Florida, Daughter Kim Navarro of Santa Rosa and grandson Joshua Jansen of Kelseyville, Shep is Survived by his wife and sole mate Sue Jansen, Mother in law Jennie Hutchison of Paramount, CA. Sisters; Virginia Villeggiante and her husband Sam of Sonoma & Wylema Bedient of Petaluma, sister in law; Sandi Petkus and her husband Pete of Bellflower, CA. Father to extended family Jay Jansen & wife Kori of Lakeport and Clinton Jansen & wife Debbie of Kelseyville. Gramps to: Cole Jansen & Steven White of Lakeport, CA, and Danielle Jansen of Kelseyville, CA. Uncle Sheppie to: Brad, Jeanette, Sydney and Baby Newman of Long Beach, CA, Jeffery, Shivaughn, Nehemiah, and Micah Petkus of Reseda, CA.
Uncle Bubba to: Debbie, Mike, John, Andy, Sammy, Vince, Sally, Steven, and Anthony
Family in spirit, Dottie & Jim Mc Lennen of San Francisco, Lois & Don Cordo of South San Francisco, Jan & Jim Summers and Karen & Paul Willis, of Lakeport, Andrea & Tony Trean of Nice, Sandy Mc Cormick of Lakeport (and beyond), Rick Villalobos of Castro Valley and fellow Northern California Kart members, and many, many more loving family members and friends survive him.
Shep, May your race track in the sky have great banks, tight turns, and may the victory lap always be yours. You will be sorely missed. We love you. Your family.
No flowers please. A contribution to the American Cancer Society, the J. "Shep" Shepherd Memorial College Fund or J. "Shep" Shepherd Memorial Race Fund in his honor would be appreciated located at UMPQUA BANK, 805 11th Street, Lakeport, CA 95453
Viewing will be on Friday July 14, 2006 at ABBY CHAPEL OF THE REDWOODS MORTUARY VIEWING CHAPEL 190 ARLEN DR. Rohnert Park, CA, 94928 at THE FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FROM 2 - 9 PM and on Saturday, July 15, 2006 at the HARTLEY CEMETERY CHAPEL 2552 HILL RD. EAST LAKEPORT,CA, 95453, (From Hwy. 29 take the Parkway Exit, turn East than turn Right onto Hill Rd. East, then turn left onto Shady Ln. to the cemetery). A brief viewing from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. will proceed the funeral service starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by a private family grave side interment guest are asked to join the family at the home of Jay Jansen for a pot luck “side dish” (salad or dessert type) BBQ lunch as the main meal will be provided by the family. Maps will be provide at the service. Assisting the family with their wishes ABBY CHAPEL OF THE REDWOODS MORTUARY, Rohnert Park, CA, 707-584-7100 to send the family a condolence go to our web site at www.abbymortuary.com/obits









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