Phillip Morton Shepard was born in Williamsport, on September 27, 1937 a son of the late Donald & Dorothy (Kelly) Shepard.
Phil was a 1956 graduate of Troy Area High School.
On December 27, 1958 Phil married the former Donna Smiley in East Smithfield. Together they shared 57 loving years and raised five children.
Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served during Vietnam. After 20 years of dedicated service Sergeant First Class Phillip M. Shepard retired from the Army in October of 1976. During his distinguished military career, Mr. Shepard received several service medals, including the prestigious Bronze Star.
In 1977 Phil went to work at Masonite in Towanda for 20 years, retiring in 1997.
Phil was a jack-of-all-trades and could most often be found in his garage tinkering. He was a talented woodworker and loved to make birdhouses and feeders. He also enjoyed putting car models together and watching NASCAR (Mark Martin) or football (Redskins/Steelers) were favorites.
Phil was a member of the Canton American Legion Post 303.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, five children, Phillip Shepard Jr., Dale (Penny) Shepard, Timothy Shepard, Deanna (Dale) Bolt, Jennifer (Art) Buck, Grandchildren, Janna (Thad) Dibble, Kyle (Amanda) Shepard, Brett Bolt, Travis Bolt, Brandon and Haley Buck, great grandchildren (who were the apple of his eye), Khloe Shepard, Connor and Payton Dibble, sisters, Margie Mathers and Marlene (Robert) Taylor, brother in law, Dean (Marilyn) Smiley, special family members, Duane (Cindy) Buck and Danielle Buck Shepard, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Phillip was predeceased by a brother, Jack Shepard, mother in law and father in law, Norma and Merwin Smiley and a great grandson, Aidan James Shepard.
Calling hours were held February 16 at the Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. in Canton followed immediately by the funeral service with military honors accorded.
Burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may consider a memorial to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, 100 N. Academy Ave. Danville, PA 17822.
Online condolences at www.pepperfuneralhomes.com