Jon William Sheppard

May 8, 1963February 2, 2020

Jon William Sheppard, 56, passed away February 2, 2020 in Johnston, Iowa. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines with a private burial at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. Noon until service time at the church.

Jon was born May 8, 1963 in Des Moines to Bill and Peggy (Story) Sheppard. He graduated from Urbandale High School in 1981. Jon loved his Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes but his love of his family and friends was beyond words.

Jon was preceded in death by his father, Bill Sheppard, grandparents, William L. Sheppard Sr. and Tillie and LaVon and Helen Story. He is survived by his mother, Peggy Sheppard, sister, Lisa Stuelke, nephews, Christian and Theron Stuelke.  

Memorials may be made to the family for a future designation.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 6, 2020


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Dave Hallin

February 12, 2020

The good ones always go too soon...will always remember golfing at the ol' Ponderosa golf course and the ski trip up to Afton Alps so many years were one of the few 'genuine' guys and will be missed. RIP brother

Thomas Nelson

February 9, 2020

I'm deeply saddened at the passing of Jon. Not only has the world lost one of its most kind hearted and genuine people I have ever had the privilege to have known but to be able to call my friend. I have always made it a point to see Jon if I was getting breakfast at the cafe and I knew that he was next door cleaning the bar. I made it a point to always stop and say hello to him and see how he was doing. He in return wanted to know how I was. The past few months he and I have talked about how to get disability set up and what attorney would be the best for him to call. Seeing as my health has declined over the past few years and I have gotten some of my disability done but have had to refile on several occasions he asked me for what information I could help him out with. There was never a time that he was ever rude or distracted by anything if you said hello to him. He was always happy to see everyone and anyone and he loved his family and friends more than anything. It was always a Semper Fi moment with Jon and I being that his father was a Marine Corps Drill Instructor and I was with Marine Corps Special Operations Group. I will miss Jon more than he could have possibly know how much he touched my life. Just like someone said in their statement that we are remembered for what we leave behind after we are gone. Jon has left a very big shoe to fill by any of us that knew him and loved him. I don't think that I will ever meet anyone who was so full of life and didn't mind showing you how much he cared about you know matter where you were at. He was a ray of sunshine that just made your day. If you were having a bad day after you saw Jon your day was always better after you saw Jon. Fair winds and following seas my dear friend. Till we meet again.
Semper Fi
Thomas Nelson
( Retired)

Kristen Canham

February 8, 2020

You will be missed, love your sweet soul, gone too soon!

Kim Nicodemus

February 8, 2020

Hey Sheppy, you were a shining star in our lives. We will all miss you so much. Always a kind word. The world will be just a little bit less without you.

Mike Wellman

February 8, 2020

We are saddened by the news of Jon’s loss. He was always a man of good cheer and goodwill in our dealings with him & we will remember him in those spirits. Our condolences to his family, and our regrets for having been unable to attend his memorial service.

Mike & Chris Wellman

Steve Zeller

February 7, 2020

Rest easy Shep. You were a good one. You’ll be missed by all that knew you.

Lana Luscombe

February 7, 2020

I met sheppey years ago down at the pub , always had a friendly greeting and a story to share.
I'll never forget the day that sheppey was a human bowling ball there in the plaza Pub parking lot and was thrust on a creeper with his helmet on towards a bunch of empty kegs they set up,
I also remember the day I was out on a job with my ex-husband and he was installing shelving in a house sheppey used to live in right across from Rest Haven, neither one of us had any idea the other would be there so we chatted it up while the job was finished.
So many memories and stories I could share definitely will be missed and Gone Too Soon.
See you again someday sheppey I'll be looking forward to our talks!

Ben Robertson

February 6, 2020

Sheppy,Known,you from Plaza & The Wave,and a few cab rides, always had a story, or to chat about sports.Always Great to see you when we crossed paths, & you always took care of my sister Staci when she would need a cab ride after she would have too many drinks.Lol.
You were a nice & genuine guy full of life.R.I.P. my friend, See you on the Flipside....

Matt Wellendorf

February 6, 2020

Sheppy served me my first legal beer at the Plaza Pub just over 30 years ago and I've seen him on and off at the Wave for years.....always greeted with a hearty "Well, hello there, Mr Wellendorf". I'm so grateful to have had the chance to chat with him a few times over the last several months at the Wave. Deepest sympathy to Sheppy's friends and family. He will be missed.

David Long

February 6, 2020

I am reminded of the quote "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is to create something that will"....And you Sheppy, have done just that. You have created great, fun, crazy memories that not only we will remember, but pass on to our younger friends and family. You will be missed but rest assured we will have plenty of good times talking about you. Rest in peace my dear friend.