Sheppard, Rev. Larry M., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved husband and Pastor is in the presence of Jehovah. He passed away early Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at his home at the age of 73 years. Larry M. Sheppard was born January 31, 1939, in Marion, Ohio. He served with the US Army from 1961 1963, and was discharged from the US Army Reserves in 1967. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Bible Baptist Seminary in Arlington, Texas. His ministry spanned over 30 years, including pastorates in Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio prior to coming to Saginaw. He served as Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Saginaw from 1980 to 2001. Throughout this time, he also served as Director and Associate Director of the City Rescue Mission. Since retiring, he attended Hopevale Church. He was also a poet. He married Betty J. Zerby on November 26, 1959 and she survives him. He leaves many beloved relatives in Ohio and Virginia, and many dear Pastor friends and other dear friends. Funeral service will take place on Monday, March 5, 2012 at noon at Hopevale Church, 4873 N. Center Road, at Tittabawassee Road. Pastor Rick Henry and Pastor Jack McMaster will officiate. Burial will take place later in Ohio. Mrs. Sheppard will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, and then at the church on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the City Rescue Mission of Saginaw or the American Cancer Society.