Donald Shepherd

4/13/1934 - 03/03/2024

Donald Shepherd

4/13/1934 - 03/03/2024

Donald Shepherd,89, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2024. Born in Louisville on April 13, 1934 to Leslie and Mary Shepherd. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Donna Copenhaver (Jaime Copenhaver), his granddaughters Meredith Culler-Clark (Bill Clark) and Amanda Culler-Mills (Rory Mills), along with his great-grandchildren Henry (Hank) Clark and Lainey Mills. Donald is also survived by his daughter Dawn Jewell, along with his grandson Jakob Jewell and granddaughter Rachel Jewell. He shared a fulfilling life with his life partner, Becky Bruner.

In his journey through life, Donald found joy in various pursuits. A proud member of the National Street Rod Association (NSRA), he cherished his time with his Red, 1936 Plymouth. He was a dedicated volunteer with the City of Watterson Park, contributing to litter clean-up efforts. A skilled woodworker, Donald's craftsmanship was admired by many, reflecting his engineering prowess. His passion for the water led him to own numerous boats over the years, and he shared many memorable moments attending garden tours and Thunder Over Louisville with Becky.

From his youth, Donald exhibited a competitive spirit, excelling in roller skating and softball. His love for cars remained a constant throughout his life, as did his zest for living fully. In his professional life, Donald's talents as a draftsman shone brightly during his 34-year tenure at Corhart Refractories until his well-deserved retirement.

Donald leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and resilience. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date to honor and remember Donald's remarkable life and enduring spirit

Celebration of Life Date and Location :  St. John United Church of Christ 
637 E Market Street 40202 
March 21,2024 at  11:00 am



Condolences (1)

Bert and Mary Nell Bertolasio

We will always treasure the 40+ years of memories with Don and Becky. Don was a special friend who kept us constantly laughing at his “corn dog” jokes and unlimited tales about riding his bike all over Louisville. RIP dear friend.. You will be missed more than you know!