Harold Delmar Shepard

b. 24 March 1913, d. 24 February 2006

Father*Joseph W Shepard b. 18 Sep 1858, d. 31 Oct 1936
Mother*Marie Vanfossen Full b. c 1873, d. unknown
Harold Delmar Shepard|b. 24 Mar 1913\nd. 24 Feb 2006|p417.htm|Joseph W Shepard|b. 18 Sep 1858\nd. 31 Oct 1936|p40.htm|Marie Vanfossen Full|b. c 1873\nd. unknown|p415.htm|Hartley W. Shepard|b. c 1821\nd. 1910|p384.htm|Susanna A. Smith|b. c 1827\nd. unknown|p385.htm|||||||

Marriage*Harold Delmar Shepard married Milred (?) in ? 
Birth*Harold Delmar Shepard was born on 24 March 1913 at Rockport, Wood County, WV.1,2 
(Living With Parents) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1920 in the household of his parents Joseph W Shepard and Marie Vanfossen Full at Steele District, Wood County, WV; Joseph Shepherd 60 farmer, Marie Shepherd 46, Harold D Shepherd 6, Vevia B Shepherd 5.3
(Living With Parents) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1930 in the household of his parents Joseph W Shepard and Marie Vanfossen Full at Lubeck, Wood County, WV; Joseph W Sheperd 70 farmer, Marie Sheperd 56, Vevia Sheperd 15, Harold Sheperd 17.4
Polk Directory*He appeared in the Polk Directory living at 209 Pritchard, Dunbar, Kanawha County, WV, occupation chemical worker.5 
Milit-Beg*Harold Delmar Shepard began military service on 15 August 1942 at TEC 3 US ARMY WORLD WAR II, Huntington, WV, Name: Harold D Shepard
Birth Year: 1913
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: West Virginia
State of Residence: West Virginia
County or City: Kanawha
Enlistment Date: 15 Aug 1942
Enlistment State: west Virginia
Enlistment City: Huntington
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life     
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Unskilled occupations in manufacture of textiles, n.e.c.
Marital Status: Divorced, with dependents
Height: 67
Weight: 144.1 
Marriage*He married Betty Jane Steele on 25 December 1946 at Dunbar, Kanawha County, WV; Rev O L Carney.6
Death*Harold Delmar Shepard died on 24 February 2006 at Rock Springs Rehabilitation Center, Pomeroy, Megis County, OH, at age 92.2 
Obituary*His obituary published on 25 February 2006 at Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, Kanawha County, WV; Harold D. Shepard died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Rock Springs Rehabilitation Center.

He was born March 24, 1913, in Rockport, a son of Joseph and Marie VanFossen Shepard.

He was a mechanic for Kaiser Aluminum with 17 years of service and was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army. He was a member of United Steel Workers Local 5668, the SOAR Club and the Old-Timers Club and was a well-known piano tuner, having overhauled several player pianos.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Steele Shepard; two sons, Ronald Shephard of Grove City, Ohio, and Harold Shepard Jr. and his wife, Patty, of Beverly; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Fred Owens of Belpre, Ohio, and Shirley and Forrest Thomas of Ripley; one sister, Viva Gorrell of Parkersburg; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Shepard.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Vail Funeral Home, Ripley, with the Rev. Danny Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Jackson County Memory Gardens, Cottageville, with military rites by Jackson County veteran groups.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to www.vailfh.com.

Vail Funeral Home, Ripley, is serving the family.2 
Burial*He was buried on 26 February 2006 at Jackson County Memorial Gardens, Cottageville, Jackson County, WV; Name: Harold D Shepard
Birth Date: 24 Mar 1913
Death Date: 24 Feb 2006
Cemetery: Jackson CO Mem Gdns
Cemetery Address: 6839 Sissonville Dr Cottageville, WV Charleston, WV 25320.1,2 

Family 1

Milred (?) b. ?, d. ?

Family 2


Family 3

Betty Jane Steele b. circa 1930, d. ?

Last Edited12 Apr 2010


  1. [S54] Military Record.
  2. [S7] Obituary.
  3. [S22] 1920 Census Wood County WV Steele District.
  4. [S200] 1930 Census Wood County WV Lubeck.
  5. [S201] 1942 Polk City Directory Dunbar WV.
  6. [S126] Kanawha County WV Marriage Record.