Earl ‘Skip’ Shepard Jr., 53, 08/13/2009

FULTON, NY – Earl “Skip” Shepard Jr., 53, of Granby died Thursday Aug. 13, 2009, at home after a long battle with colon cancer.

A native of Fulton, Skip was a life resident of the Granby area.

Earl “Skip” Shepard Jr
Earl “Skip” Shepard Jr

He worked at Birdseye Foods, Inc., Lowes in Oswego and Nestle Company for 27 years in Fulton.

Skip had a love for football, fishing, hunting, playing cards, holidays and taking care of his family and friends.

He was a good storyteller relating stories that were actually true and make you laugh.

Skip was predeceased by his father, Earl Shepard Sr.; and stepfather, Solomon Tallent.

Surviving are his wife, Kimberly (Ekross) Shepard; his son, Matthew (Nicole) Shepard of Amherst; twin granddaughters, Alexis and Miranda and grandson, Nicholas all of Granby; his mother, Madeline (Keith Sanford) Shepard of Granby; a brother, Duane (Peggy) Shepard of Hannibal; three sisters, Carol (Tom Muroski) Lamson of Oswego, Sharon Shepard of Hannibal and Kimberly Shepard of Central Square; two step-brothers, Charles Tallent and Bobby (Pam) Tallent; two step-sisters, Karen (Randy) Armstrong and Joyce (Brian) Klock; several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, with a 4 p.m. service to immediately follow at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Reverend Mark D. Kimpland will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, 13126.

The family deeply thanks Oswego Hospice for Skip’s care and our family and friends.



  1. Kim and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Skips passing, he sure fought hard through the unfortunate hand dealt to him. It was a joy to spend time with you both throughout his recovery at Lee Memorial, and treatments at Oswego. He will be truly missed. God Bless You Skip Lori Simon

  2. Dear Kim and family,
    Please know our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Don and Veronica LaBarge

  3. Kim & Family

    We’re so sorry to hear of Skip passing. Our prayers are with you.
    Sue & Chris Rusaw

  4. Madeline and Carol and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Skip’s passing – as such an incredibly young age – my heart is with you all as you go through these next ‘first’ events without him –
    As cousins, we have all been together in our youth what we have not been in our adult lives – closer — I live in Vancouver, WA — but my heart and memories, formed at the knees of Gramma Dora and Grampa Frank and that great big clan of Pitchers — will NEVER be forgotten – Bless your hearts everyone and may Skips’ spirit of fun and telling of stories that connect our pasts to our futures live on in each of you – Love and hugs, Nancy Jean- (and Ruthie sends her sympathies and blessings and prayers also)

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