James Clair Sheppard Jr., 72, Camden, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at North Kansas City Hospital.

James was born March 8, 1947, in Kansas City, the son of James Clair and Bernice Nadine (Plaskett) Sheppard Sr. He was united in marriage to Nieta L. Harrison of Richmond Oct. 6, 1973. She survives of the home.

Additional survivors include one daughter, Christi (David) Tackett of Rayville; three grandchildren, Brittany (Derrick) Sander, Christopher Tackett and Adrian (Nathan) Woods; five great-grandchildren, Maddox, Kiley, Colten, Liam and Warren; two sisters, Bonnie (Jim) Roberts of Omaha; and Pat (David) Holder of Durango, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Frank Alrich Sheppard.

James grew up and was educated in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School in 1965. After high school, James proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart.

James worked as a fuel truck driver for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for 40 years and retired in 2014. James was the past commander for the Lexington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4052, where he volunteered countless hours. James was also an Eagle Scout in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say Troop 317, his tribal name of Warrior Flashing Redlight.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, watching NASCAR and attending sporting events.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lexington VFW Post 4052. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 E. Main St. – P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 20, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. A Tribe of Mic-O-Say service will be held during visitation at 1:45 p.m.

Graveside memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Cravens Cemetery, near Camden.

Full military honors will be presented by the U. S. Army and the Lexington VFW Post 4052.

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