SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Harry K. Shepard Jr. died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, N.H., at the age of 71. Harry was born Jan. 22, 1948, in Springfield, Vt., the son of Harry Sr. and B. Virginia (Miller) Maxfield. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1967, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the Vietnam War until 1970. Upon returning from duty, he went to work for his father until opening up his own shop. Harry was a certified welder and fabricator and worked as a heavy machinery and truck mechanic.
Harry was a caring gentle giant, always helping out friends and family in need. He enjoyed antique vehicles, collecting motorcycles, and the company of his puppy, Hussle.
Harry is predeceased by his parents and a sister Lee Wetherby. He is survived by his sisters Ann Creaser of Glover, Vt., Caroline Shepard of North Pomfret, Vt., Hope Shaver and her husband Mark of Columbia City, Ind., and June Mckenzie and her husband Thomas of San Bernardino, Calif. He also leaves behind 13 nieces and nephews, 13 great-nieces and great-nephews, four great-great-nephews, and though not blessed with children of his own, he thought the world of Natalie Butler and her husband Will.
There will be a celebration of his life, Nov. 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at 890 Chester Rd. Springfield, Vt. In lieu of flowers, to commemorate Harry’s life, the family would encourage friends and family to send donations to the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care, 154 Hitchcock Loop Rd., Lebanon, NH 03756. Condolences to the family may be expressed in an online guestbook found at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.