OBITUARY

Forrest Allen Sheppard

April 14, 1946April 11, 2021
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Forrest Allen Sheppard, age 74, of Woodridge, Illinois passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Forrest was born April 14, 1946.

Forrest leaves behind his loving wife Joan Beauvais Sheppard; daughter Dana Sheppard Walaszek; grandchildren Benjamin Thomas Walaszek, Andrew Edward Walaszek; and siblings Linda (Jim) Gregorini Holcomb, Diane (Les) Gregorini Blackburn, Mary (Nick) Mazzarella, Joseph (Sue) Gregorini, Tina (Mark) Engel, Thomas (Mary) Gregorini; and beloved nieces and nephews

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, IL. Forrest will be laid to rest privately at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with military honors on April 23, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Forrest to the Jennings Educational Foundation at the following link: https://www.smithereen.com/about/jennings-educational-foundation/ Alternatively checks can be mailed to Jennings Education Foundation, 7400 N. Melvina Ave. ,Niles, IL 60714

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Blake-LambFuneralHome.com for the Sheppard family.

The Jennings Education Foundation (JEF), a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was created in 1993 with the goal of supporting Smithereen employees and their families with educational resources. Specifically, JEF funds are available to support Smithereen staff, spouses, partners and children with the costs tied to educational supplies and tuition. Smithereen’s leadership believes strongly in the value of education along with the well-being of employees and their families. Whether students are just heading off to college, finishing a degree, or pursuing continuing education opportunities, JEF can help to offset the related expenses, ease the stresses of a stretched budget and break down the financial barriers to achieving educational goals.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Tom Gregorini

April 15, 2021

Dear brother... you left us too soon. Too many memories to list them all so I will start with my earliest of you; waking me up at midnight on Christmas and carrying me to the tree when I was still a toddler is the most magical memory of my life. As I got older you taught me to play pool, and to bowl and took me golfing on Saturdays. You taught me the value of work when you allowed me to ride along in the Lance snack truck as you made deliveries. You used few words and the ones you did spoke volumes.

I love you brother. Rest In Peace.

tammie variano

April 12, 2021

I remember driving up to the house before Christmas and there were so many lights around the outside tree already and the pile of lights that Forrest had in front of him would have stretched around the block a few times!
I wonder what Forrest has planned for the stars in the sky this year? It wouldn’t surprise me if he changed them to colored lights this year instead of white...
The pleasure of knowing you and your family has been all mine, friend. Godspeed & God Bless.

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