Milan (Bud) Shepherd, 81, of John Street, Kingston, died on Thursday evening at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
He was a son of the late Milan and Lillian Miller Shepherd. He graduated from Kingston High School, class of 1945. Milan served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Persian Gulf and North Africa. He was a life member of the Anthracite VFW Post 283 and a lifelong member of the Kingston Fire Department. He was a fire truck driver from 1949 to 1958. Until his retirement in 1989, he worked for Power Engineering. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union 524. He was a 50 years-plus member of King David Lodge 763 F &AM, Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, and Irem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. He was past director of the Director Staff of Irem Temple and a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Shrine Club, where he was on the Board of Governors. Milan was a member of Dorranceton United Methodist Church, Kingston.
He was preceded in death by sisters Alice Shepherd, Edith LaBarre, Alma Hughes and Lillian Marks Brown.
Surviving is his wife, the former Lois Williamson. They would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on April 22, 2008. He is also survived by his children, Debra Grilly, Sayre, Pa., Linda and Bruce Kiefer, Holden Mass., and Milan Jr. and Jean Shepherd, Ashburn, Va.; grandchildren, Christopher and Devan Grilly, Josh and Dr. Lisa Grilly, Aaron Grilly, Jennifer Grilly, Emily Kiefer, Megan Kiefer, Lauren Kiefer, and Barbara and Patricia Shepherd; sister, Mildred VanAuken, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son, Inc., Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, with his pastor, the Rev. Beth Jones, officiating. The interment will be in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Masonic service will be conducted on Sunday at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dorranceton United Methodist Church, 549 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Pa. 18704, or to Temple “Shepherds Unit,” P.O. Box 307, Dallas, Pa. 18612.