Rex Johnson Shepperd

November 25, 1926October 31, 2018
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Rex Johnson Shepperd

November 25, 1926 – October 31, 2018

“Shepp” passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by loved ones, Wednesday, October 31st after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born to Anna & Tom Shepperd in Monticello Kentucky, Rex was the last surviving child of eleven.

After serving in World War II, he settled in Seattle Washington where he met Patty Cooper at a gas station where he worked. Who would have known that a set of tires (he ended up paying for) would have blossomed into a 66 year marriage.

The young couple spent some time Alaska, where Rex pursued his love of music. He sang in a country band and played guitar. Music continues to be the center of his family’s life.

With only an 8th grade education, his incredible work ethic, and ability to relate to people, contributed to his success. Rex & Pat opened many family businesses. Gas stations, taverns, corner fruit stands, and Shepp’s 26 Flavors Ice Creamery. Every Monday (with a six pack of Rainier) he would make fresh ice cream, inventing a new flavor, when he left out an ingredient. In the 60’s he took an interest in learning about Real Estate. He became an agent to learn more about the profession. He went on to procure properties, which he still owns today.

In his later years, Rex & Pat would spend a few months every winter in Florida, and summer months in Seattle, and Whidby Island. He loved to fish, dig clams, garden, and spend time with his family. Each Sunday included a family gathering, with a lot of food, fun, and a serious game of Shanghai Rummy. He played up until his passing, with many wins under his belt. Rex always said, ”my family is my life.” He is survived by his wife Pat, son James and daughters Jacqueline & Janell (Warren). Grandchildren: Joshua Shepperd, Alaina Kitz, Karlee Tucker, Jimmy Smith and Patrick Nesbit. His great grandchildren are Jasmine Shepperd, Cayden Kitz and Natalia Kitz.

Rex will be greatly missed by his family and friends. We will continue to carry him in our hearts and know that he is at peace in heaven.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rex Johnson Shepperd

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Lisa Patton (formerly Gregg)

December 20, 2018

Pat & Family,

I was just made aware of the passing of 'Sheppy' - I am Jess Gregg's daughter (43yrs old now). When my brothers and I get together we reminisce about him from time to time and wonder what he was up to. He was such a nice man to us and put up with a lot from our Dad (haha). He would always give us change out of his pocket to get rid of us so he could talk about business with Dad. I remember going to job sites with him and my Dad. I remember him always whistling and I think a large key chain rattling on his belt. Remember he had that teal little Chevy truck?
I am very sorry for your loss, I remember how much he loved all of you and all the nicknames he had for you. I am sorry I wasn't able to make it to the service. May he rest in peace.
~Lisa Patton (formerly Gregg),


November 26, 2018

Hi Dad. Been waiting for you to come home, but I know you won't be home this time. Happy 92 nd birthday yesterday. The kids were all here We had
your favorite for dinner. Pork roast & mashed potatoes. Paul & Joyce were here too. It was Joyces birthday also...It is so quiet here since you left I
expect you to roll into my bedroom at night. " I can't find my cell phone. Have you seen my remote?"i 'm sure you are having a good time with all our
relatives up there. I just miss you. 66 years is a long time of having you around & then you are gone. Butters misses you too
I love you much, much. Forever And A Day. Your Mommy

Janell Shepperd Nesbit

November 17, 2018

Daddy, I miss you so much. What a wonderful 54 years we had together. You taught me how to jitter bug at the Riverside tavern, play pool at our tavern, and so much more. I was with Mom when she tried out your brand new truck with the wide mirriors and ran them into the side of the garage. It only caved in one side........... The last two years will be something I carry in my heart every day. Making bologna sandwitches in Mom's Cadi down at Dash point park. Watching the boats, birds, and airplanes. Going together to the Tacoma waterfront and having fish and chips. Week day card games with Mom and Warren. Half way through the game, you would always say," we need to do this more often". At 91 you continued to kick our butts. Your love is felt every day. I want to carry it on through the rest of my life. I want you to continue to be proud of me. Every day I will say "Thank you for being my Daddy." You reply "Thanks for being my Daughter."