Thomas Lee Sheppard

December 18, 1953 ‒ May 28, 2016

Westerville, Ohio

Thomas Lee Sheppard, 62, of Westerville, passed away Saturday morning, May 28, 2016 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

He was born December 18, 1953 in Ashtabula, Ohio to the late Alan Neil Sheppard and Dorothy (Bennett) Sheppard. Tom graduated from Columbus North High School and then received his Bachelor’s Degree from Otterbein College.

Tom was an insurance agent/broker for several years and more recently was the manager of the Tavern at the Creek in Galena and also worked for City Barbecue catering division. Always putting others first, he served 16 years on the Buckeye Valley Local Board of Education and was a very active supporter of the Buckeye Valley Schools and Bellepoint Athletics community. He was a member of the Buckeye Valley Athletic Boosters and he enjoyed attending local sporting events. Tom also enjoyed coaching youth baseball and softball. His top priority was his family and he loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and attending their activities.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving companion, Karen (Barr) Curtiss; daughters, Danielle (Robert) Moore of Delaware and Alyson Sheppard of Houston, Texas; Karen’s daughters, Hannah Curtiss of Westerville and Emily Curtiss of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandson, Zekelin Moore and step grandchildren Andie and Noble Moore; sisters, Linda (David Franklin) Sheppard of Dublin, Beth Ingalls of Evansville, Indiana and Rose (John) O’Toole of Richmond, Virginia; brothers, Alan Wayne (Julia) Sheppard of Delaware, Geoff Sheppard of Westerville and Kevin (Susan) Sheppard of Racine; Karen’s mother, Ruth Barr of Lancaster; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by Karen’s father Lee Barr.

The family will receive friends on Thursday June 2, 2016 from 4 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Friday June 3, 2016 at 11:00 am with Rev. Dr. Marilin Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Sheppard family.

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  • So sad to hear about Tom’s passing! Tom was always one of the good guys. We were “kids” working together back from ’80 to ’86.
    62 is just way too young and my heart goes out to the whole Sheppard family.
    Jeff and Marsha DiCenzo
    Adrian, MI

  • I did not know he was ill. I worked with Tom when he ran Thomas Devore and Associate. What a great guy to work with. He will be missed

  • Our deepest condolences to Karen and Tom’s family.
    I was so happy to get to see Tom quite a bit lately.
    Tom was a great frat brother and my next door neighbor at Otterbein my freshman year.
    What a great guy, he will be missed, shocking and very sad.

    Russ Meade and Family

  • I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I have many fond memories of the time’s we worked together at Beacon Insurance. He was a good friend, helpful, patient and fun to work with. I admired his quick wit and sense of humor. My deepest condolence to Karen and his family.
    Karen & Tim Fuller
    Worthington, Ohio

  • Our condolences to the Sheppard and Curtiss families. Tom will be greatly missed in all that he was involved in. We enjoyed working with him at Buckeye Valley events and appreciated his sense of humor and his good nature.

  • Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Your family is in our prayers. 🙏
    The Halmbacher Family

  • We are very sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our prayers.
    The Morris Family

  • I feel lucky to have known Tom even if it was for a brief time. His thoughtfulness and kindness towards others was something that came so naturally to him. He would give you the shirt of his back or his last piece of pizza:) and do it with a warm smile.
    My heart aches for Karen and his entire family.

    You will be missed my friend.