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Obituary: SHEPHERD, BASIL

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Basil M. Shepherd "Shep""Together Again"Basil M. Shepherd "Shep," a loving husband, father and grandfather reunited with his sweetheart on September 9, 2012. He passed away peacefully at St. Mark's Hospital due to injuries after a struggle with dementia.Shep was born January 30, 1925, in Levan, Utah to Gilbert and Viola Shepherd. He attended Juab High School and excelled in baseball. During his senior year, he was drafted into the U. S. Army, and graduated upon his return. He served in World War II with the 288 F. A. Observation Battalion during the Battle of the Bulge. During his time in Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, he stared down the barrel of an enemy rifle until the enemy surrendered to him. He still has that rifle.He married Dorothy "Dottie" Shepherd on August 2, 1946. They enjoyed good friends, The Crazy Eight, as they were known, traveling, dancing and bowling. Shep worked for Mountain Bell for 37 years, retiring as a first line supervisor. Some of the highlights of his job were installing phones and switchboards for three former presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He was a hard worker, a loyal friend with a great sense of humor and he passed those traits on down to his daughter and grandson. Shep loved growing his roses and took great pride in the welcoming atmosphere of a well-maintained yard and home. He built a cabin in Pine Mountain and everyone always enjoyed a great time and a good scotch, for over 30 years. He retired in 1983 ready to enjoy life with Dot. After Dottie's death in 1998, Shep spent a lot of time with good friends bowling, golfing and traveling to golf tournaments. Shep was an elder in the LDS Church. Shep is preceded in death by his wife Dottie, infant son Morgan Lee and five siblings. He leaves behind his daughter Robyn (Alan) Egli, grandson Morgan Lee Egli, siblings, Mont Shepherd (Maxine), Genevieve Dunroe and Vonna Seegmiller, and several nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.A special thanks to Lou for the breakfast outings and the lottery runs to Idaho. Thanks to all the golfing buddies that made sure he made his tee times. Thanks to Dr. Kalva and the nurses at 3S for their kind and gentle care during his last week.A viewing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m.