Ruth Shepard
January 28, 1940 - November 16, 2020

Ruth  Shepard

Ruth Shepard
Jan 28, 1940 - Nov 16, 2020

Ruth  Shepard

WATERLOO, Iowa -Ruth Marie Shepard, 80, formally of Muscatine, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, at Unity Point Hospital in Waterloo.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020, at St. Mathias Church. The Reverend Hai Dinh will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family in Ruth's honor. Online condolences may be made to

Ruth was born on January 28, 1940, in Muscatine, the daughter of Richard and Delores Schumacher Kintzel. She married Donald W. Shepard on December 30, 1961, in Muscatine. They had 59 years together.

Ruth had many jobs throughout her life. She worked at the Muscatine Button Factory, where she made pearl buttons, she was a homemaker, she worked at Ratzel furniture shop, she worked for Amana Refrigeration, Claypool and Claypool Law office in Williamsburg, Dr. Driver and Cahill Dentist Office in Waterloo, she ran the Pink Pig variety gift shop in Evansdale, and her and her husband ran the Cornbelt Auction House in Evansdale for many years.

She enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls, sewing and hand quilting, making quilts for each of her kids, making wedding dresses for her daughter and daughter-in-law, and making Halloween costumes. She liked reading, basking in the sun, baking, cooking, and loved her grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Donald W. Shepard of Waterloo; four children, Dave Shepard and wife, Lori, of Marengo, Craig Shepard of Marengo, Doug Shepard and wife, Jesilyn, of Florida, and Carrie Shepard of Decorah; 10 grandchildren, Sara and husband, Cody, Brittany, Travis and wife, Marina, Tyler and wife, Sondra, Katie and husband, Aaron, Rachelle and husband, Scott, Payne, Casey, Faith, Spencer; 12 great grandchildren, Kaleb, Gracie, Megan, Asia, Wyatt Beau, Klayton, Everett, Bailey, Addison, Gavyn, and baby Shepard due in May; two sisters, Susan O'Brien of Davenport, and Mary Grace Wasson of San Marcos, Texas; and brother-in-law, Gary Shepard.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Derrick; one sister, Lois Ann; and two brothers-in-law, Terry O'Brien and Johnny Wasson.


Heather Eherenman on Nov 20, 2020

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember her always smiling.

Rose Mary Askam on Nov 19, 2020

Susie & Mary Grace,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. You three were quite the threesome! Loved seeing all the pix!

Marie Schumacher on Nov 19, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Phil and Marie Schumacher

Marcia Farrell Luick on Nov 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Not only was she my classmate at Hayes for four years, but we lived next door to each other for several years. She was a very lovely person, as was her whole family.

Marsha Bartenhagen on Nov 19, 2020

Ruth and I went 4 years high school together. She had a lovely singing voice. She was a kind person then, and I’ve no doubt remained one. I’m sorry for your loss.

Fredrik Haggbom on Nov 19, 2020

Ruth, you will be infinitely missed and you will always remain in our memories. Hope you are well up there in heaven. Love you forever. Fredrik Haggbom

Mardell McConnaha on Nov 18, 2020

Don, Sympathy and prayers to you and your family. May all the good memories of your years together bring you comfort. Mardell Bohnsack McConnaha



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