Thomas was born September 26, 1968, in Elkhart, the son of Thomas P. Shepard Sr., who preceded in death April 28, 2001, and Ardith K. (Bowers) Shepard.
Surviving is Thomas’ one son: Tristan T. Shepard of Centreville, mother: Ardith K. (Bowers) Shepard and step father: Rolland Courtney, two sisters: Kimberly (Van) Blentlinger of Marcellus and Michelle (Ronald) Johnson of Constantine, half sister: Candace VanAntwerp of Galesburg, and many nieces and nephews: Ross, Raeanna, Matthew, Andrew, Madalynn, Shelby, and Tyler.
To many he was known as “Tommy”. He pursued a career as a CNC operator at Fab Masters in Marcellus. Tommy was a loving, friendly, compassionate guy, who welcomed anyone into his home. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping with his family, going canoeing, for rides on the ATV, and working with his hands. He enjoyed working on cars particularly which he could fix almost anything and was an excellent cook and loved to grill.
The family would like to welcome friends for a visitation service Saturday February 9, 2019, at 10:00 AM, at Trinity Bible Church with memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations may be directed to American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left at www.materralstonfuneralhome.com.