Kevin J. Shepherd, Sr.
November 26, 1966 – February 6, 2021
On February 6th, 2021, the world lost Kevin Sr., after a long battle with COVID-19 Pneumonia. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, he managed his illness with strength, courage and grace. Born in Akron, Ohio, Kevin spent his childhood being an active child, engaging in basketball, football, and fishing. His family then relocated to Melbourne. Here in the Florida sunshine, he continued his athletic journey into high school, adding track and field to the roster. One of his first experiences with leadership was when he became captain of the Eau Gallie High School basketball team. He enjoyed sports throughout his life.
Kevin joined the Airforce at the age of 21 and served his country for 20 years. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Unit Award, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with five oak leaf clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with six oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one service star. After a long and distinguished career with the United States Air Force, Kevin retired to begin his second career in Industrial Security and soon after, joined L3Harris Technologies. He achieved his bachelor’s degree with honors in Security Management and went on to become Director of Security, Intel and Cyber Sector.
Kevin was a disciple of servant leadership and made sure the teams needs were put before his own. He led by example, had excellent strategic vision, an incredibly strong work ethic. No task was ever too large or small, ready at moment’s notice to step in and remain on station to see the task to completion. He was someone you could count on for help regardless of the time or the situation. In short, he was the quintessential Patriot, Husband, Father and Friend.
Kevin is greatly missed by his loving Mother Judy Lewellen, his wife Shirley, two daughters; Judy and Shirley and son; Kevin, Jr. He will forever be remembered by his extended family, friends and coworkers.
In his short but full life, Kevin made more of an impact in a day than some people do in a lifetime. His passion for life was a beacon of positivity and hope to all who met him. He will be dearly missed, and his influence and contributions will live on through all that had the privilege of knowing him.
A funeral mass will take place at Ascension Catholic Church 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935 on February 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Following the mass, a celebration of life will take place at The Life Event Center at Florida Memorial, 5950 South US Highway 1, Rockledge, FL. 32955. You may contact the Life Event Center at (321) 636-8943.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Kevin J. Shepherd, Sr.
February 25, 2021
To my ornery nephew. You will always have a special place in my heart. Your uncle Mario was so proud of you he didn't hesitate to tell people about you and your fishing and especially your achievements in the Air Force.
I couldn't leave you and your partner in crime (your cousin Renee) alone for 1 minute . The whole family had to keep an eye on you two. Nobody would admit to the grease gun sprayed all over the garage walls and then there was the black and purple crayon that you two spread all over the downstairs bedroom walls. Your uncle thought you two were so cute so I told him he could clean it off the wall. Oh my but it was a mess. The funny thing was that you both said you didn't do it but there you both were standing on the bed with both hands full of crayons!!!
Oh how I wish we could go back to those days. I love you and will miss our card games.(I know that you were cheating!)
Hope to see all our family in heaven.
Love you so much,
February 17, 2021
Mrs Shepherd and Family,
I was so heartbroken to hear of Kevin’s passing. I worked with Kevin over the years in security at Harris. We always made sure that our efforts were made to be sure our jobs were complete and accurate for our security department & our customers. When we lost our son , Kevin was there to show his support. That was so meaningful to us. His heart was always in the right place. I thank God I had the privilege of knowing him. Our prayers are with you and yours 🙏🏻😢
February 16, 2021
Judy, I never met either one of your son's, but I am sure they had strong personalities like you.
James 4:14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Yours , Kevin's life is like the morning fog- it's here's little while, then it's gone.
Be strong and courageous
February 8, 2021
I'm sending my condolences to Kevin's family! My heart and prayers go out to you. I've known Kevin for the past 5+ years and worked with him for the past 3 years. Kevin will be missed. Rest in Peace and Heaven, Kevin!