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Burton William Shepherd

February 1, 1942 — March 21, 2023


Burton William Shepherd


Burton William Shepherd, of Dwight, Kansas passed away on March 21, 2023, at the age of 81. 

Burton was born on February 1, 1942, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Lloyd and Gladys (Sherrill) Shepherd. He grew up in Warsaw, IL and graduated from Warsaw High School in 1960. Burton enlisted in the United States Army in 1960; and served in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and other honors. Burton served for 13 years and was a member of the American Legion and Disabled Veterans. He worked as a salesman for Montgomery Wards and for Morris County as a truck driver and Motor Grader Operator. Burton worked at the Fort Riley Riding Stables before joining Fort Riley Civil Service as Facilities Maintenance. Before his retirement, he was the Facilities Supervisor for all of Fort Riley. Burton’s true passion was horses. He trained and worked them as long as possible, taking special interest in Belgian and Percheron Draft Horses. 

Burton was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest brother, Lawrence. He is survived by his wife, Maria (Arvai) Shepherd, older brother Robert and Barbara Shepherd of Fairfield, CA, younger brother Leroy and Janice Shepherd, of Mountain Home, AR and twin sister Barbara and Delmar Curtis, of Mountain Home, AR. Two daughters: Denise and Ken Woodring of Huntsville, AL, and Ashley Shepherd of Dwight, KS; Two sons: Bernard Shepherd of Alma, KS and David Shepherd of Manchaca, TX. Two stepdaughters Anne (Troy) Dierking of Caldwell, KS, and Christine Doucette of Manhattan, KS. Four granddaughters and three grandsons. Two great granddaughters and one great grandson. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

The viewing will be from 5-6:30pm Tuesday, March 28 at Sawyer Funeral Home in Council Grove, KS. A Graveside service will be at the Dwight Cemetery in Dwight, KS, at 11am on March 29.  A reception will follow the service at the former Dwight Cafe in Dwight, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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