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Terry Sheppard

Terry Sheppard
Born: Jan 24, 1948
Died: Aug 10, 2016

  Terry Sheppard, beloved by family and friends, passed away on August 10, 2016.  Terry was born on January 24, 1948 to Dale Sheppard and Olive Slonaker Sheppard.  The family lived in Chinook when Terry was a young child and moved to Havre when he was five.  He graduated from Havre High School in 1966 and attended the University of Montana.

    Terry met his soulmate Jude Schnurr and they married in March of 1971.  Terry’s service in the military took them to Texas and Washington State, and after the birth of their oldest daughter, Ali, and Terry’s discharge from the Army, they returned home to Havre.  Their son Matthew was born in 1975.

    Always drawn to work outside, Terry purchased a small cattle operation in the Bear Paw Mountains in 1980 and worked on his Dad’s farm.  Terry and Jude’s daughter Jacy was born in 1983 and their family was complete.

     In 1989 Terry sold the ranch and the family moved to Chinook.  The friendships Terry made during this period of his life spanned three decades.

     After moving to Chinook, Terry returned to college and earned his business degree.  He went to work at the Young law firm until he retired in 2015. 

    In November 2014 Terry was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As John Wayne said “courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.” Terry handled his diagnosis with courage, quiet determination and a sense of humor.  He has been described by many as “one of the special ones.”  The love of his family and the strength and lasting bonds of the friendships he made throughout his life were evident in the time after his diagnosis.

   Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Olive Sheppard; and his sister Darla Kay Sheppard.  He is survived by his loving wife Jude; his children Ali Bovingdon (Peter), Matt Sheppard (Kim) and Jacy Crowley (Clint); his beloved grandchildren Logan and Carson Sheppard, Griffen and Hudson Crowley and Gillian Bovingdon; and his siblings Doug Sheppard (Paula), Karla Bolken (Wayne) and Dave (Mary Beth); and numerous nieces and nephews.  Terry was adored by all who knew him.

Public Guest Book

Aug 17th
Dick and Barb Slonaker
Our thoughts are with Terry's family in this sad, trying time...Cousin Terry was special to me growing up, and we were great friends. We were so sad to see him suffer with his ALS, though he is now released from it.
Aug 17th
Dick and Barb Slonaker
Our thoughts are with Terry's family in this sad, trying time...Cousin Terry was special to me growing up, and we were great friends. We were so sad to see him suffer with his ALS, though he is now released from it.
Aug 17th
Larry Slonaker
I kept thinking I wanted to send Terry a quick note one day soon, just saying hi and best wishes and here’s to old times, but I never did get around to it, and now of course I regret it.

Anyway, I have fond memories and a lasting impression of him as a good guy. I’m very sorry for your loss.

--Larry Slonaker
Aug 18th
Charles & Miriam Palm
Dear Jude and family, so sorry to hear that Terry has passed away. You were so strong and of such great comfort to him, and a wonderful example to us all. We are in Chinook and are thinking of you as you absorb this very difficult loss.

Miriam and Chuck Palm
Palo Alto, Ca.
Aug 22nd
Pam Hillery
Dear Sheppard family, please know our hearts are with you all each step you take. What a beautiful summing up of Terry's life. I wish I had met him, but I'm glad I got to know him a little via calls and messages. He leaves a wonderful legacy.
Aug 22nd
Bruce Whittenberg
My heart goes out to Terry's family. He was a fine, brave man, far too young. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Aug 29th
Kathie Vigliotti
Terry was a joy to work with. He was always kind and gentle. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sep 2nd
Frank Granier
Jude - Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Terry. He was "one of the special ones.
Frank & Libby Granier
Oct 29th
Jane Mills Morrison
Jude, when I read this obituary of Terry some weeks ago, I didn't fully take in the facts of your and his life together. But I cut out the story and have it still. Just now it has come home to me what a full life you had together, the many useful things Terry did during his lifetime, and how difficult it must have been to see his illness and to part with him. I never met Terry, but it is clear how important he was to you, to your family, and to his community.
I used to love coming to the museum to see you and choose books to send away to family and friends who knew pitifully little about our beloved Montana and Blaine county. Now I live in Idaho (a move necessitated by a bad fall and injury in Feb. 2013) but subscribe to The Blaine County Journal and like to know what is going on where I lived very happily for 17 years and still feel that in some ways it will always be my home.


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