East Bay - Northern California Chapter
Past Board Member
Kenney Lee Shepard
May 28, 1941-Aug. 16, 2021
Kenney "Ken" Lee Shepard passed peacefully and comfortably on August 16, 2021 with his family near. Ken was born to Norman Shepard and Margaret (Kenney) Shepard in Stockton, California. The family relocated to Oakland, California where he grew up with his surviving brother Fredrick Von Shepard.
Ken attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland and graduated in 1959. He participated in track and basketball which he always loved to play. One of his proudest achievements was attaining the status of Eagle Scout. He later went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University Hayward (East Bay).
Ken met his wife Thea Ella (Gorman) Shepard of over 50 years in Oakland and they married on October 19, 1968. They were destined, meeting in high school with a friendship that grew into a loving relationship. The two eventually settled down in Pleasanton, California to raise their two boys. Ken is survived by his sons James (Julia) N. Shepard of Burson, CA and Scott (Veronica) M. Shepard of Chino Hills, CA along with his grandson Vaughn M. Shepard. He was an amazing grandfather, giving Vaughn rides on his boat, going fishing and teaching him about the importance of an education.
Ken spent over 30 years in Silicon Valley as a finance professional. He held high level positions in Accounting and Finance focusing on the Semi-Conductor Capital Equipment industry. He was a 50-year member of the East Bay - Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Later he went on to Co-Chair St. Raymond's Job Link assisting the unemployed in their quest for new employment. He chaired the St. Raymond's Finance Committee and held the position of Audit Chair of the Diablo Sail and Power Squadron.
Ken loved socializing with friends and family. He had a witty sense of humor and really enjoyed life to the fullest. Ken played adult soccer and became a youth soccer coach. His passion later in life was boating on the California Delta. He often went on overnight cruises with his boating friends and the Sea Ray Boat Club of Northern California.
Ken will be sorely missed and remembered by all the people he touched in his life. Please make a donation to your favorite charity in Ken's name. We love you Ken.