Kevin Russell Shepherd

Kevin was born in Arlington, WA on July 29, 1962 to Linda and Russell Shepherd and passed away at the age of 49, April 9, 2012 in Medical Lake, WA.

Kevin is survived by his parents, Linda and Russell Shepherd, his siblings, Shawn, Richelle, Erin (Sean Millett), Jason (Mandy) and many nieces and nephews.

Kevin spent most of his life in and around Arlington, until he came to the Spokane area in 2009 when he moved to Spokane with us due to health conditions.

Being in a military family Kevin spent his early years traveling from state to state. California, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Florida, and a tour in Puerto Rico.

He attended Arlington High School where he participated in Arlington football fever and was a very proud member of the State Championship team of 1979. Kevin was an avid sports fan, in particular the Pittsburg Steelers, and he enjoyed harassing those who were not fans of the black and yellow.

Kevin spent 5 years in the U.S. Marine Corps where he became a dedicated Marine receiving the following commendations: Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal w/1 star, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/3 stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifle Badge (3rd award) and a Meritorious Mast.

At his favorite hangout, The American Legion in Arlington, he volunteered his time to help purchase toys so children and teens would have a gift at Christmas time. He would help family or friends at the drop of a hat. Kevin was a friend to all, an enemy of none. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

A small internment ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA on Friday, April 20 at a time yet to be determined.

There will be a “celebration of life” for Kevin at the American Legion Hall in Arlington on April 29 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the upstairs hall. We hope you will all come and share your memories.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Toys for Kids fund at the American Legion in Arlington, or the diabetes foundation.

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