SEDGWICK – Steven Leon “Coach” Shepherd, 61, Teacher and Coach at USD 439 Sedgwick schoolsfor 38 years, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
He was born in Fredonia to Edward Leon and Thelia Irene Matney Pfeifer. Steve’s mother passed away in 1958 and he and his brother Charlie were adopted by his aunt and uncle, Don and Marilyn Shepherd.
He grew up and attended school in Neodesha, El Dorado, and graduated from Circle High School, Towanda in 1971. He attended Butler County Junior College and graduated from Emporia State University in 1976 majoring in Education. After graduation he started his teaching and coaching career at Sedgwick High School. He retired for a short time, missed the kids, and returned to teaching and sports.
He was an avid sports fan, loving all sports and excelled in golf, winning many tournaments. He was a fan of the Jayhawks, Shockers, Royals and the Chiefs. His goal was to teach all of his grandchildren until they had completed their schooling in Sedgwick.
He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and many students.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Vicki in 2008; and is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Liby (Jason Engelbrecht) of Andale; son Chris Shepherd of Sedgwick; Kerri Shepherd (Brent Deviney), of Sedgwick; grandchildren: Kyle, Christiana, Rayghan, Lucas, Qayden, Karissa, Logan & Lydia; parents Donald & Marilyn Shepherd of El Dorado, brother Charlie (Lana) Shepherd of Denton, Texas; fiancé Maralee Travis of Bel Aire; many other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Steven L. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Fund % Chisholm Trail State Bank, 3813 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, Ks 67220.
Visitation 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 7 at Baker Funeral Home, Valley Center. Service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, March 8 at Central Christian, 2900 N. Rock Road, Wichita, Ks. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerfhvc.com