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Ronald 'Sparky' Wayne Shepard service Friday

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Ronald "Sparky" Wayne Shepard, age 43 of LaPorte, Ind., passed away Monday, June 25, 2012.

He was born June 11, 1969 in Valparaiso, Ind., to David and Carol L. (Kaiser) Shepard, both of whom survive in Michigan City, Ind.

Ron is also survived by his fiancée, Amanda Messman of LaPorte; grandmother Margaret "Maggie" Kaiser; aunt Linda; uncles Tom and Roy; Amandas children, who Ron loved as his own, Evan and Colin Messman, and friends, Shamus, Jim, Lynn, Randy and many other friends who played an important role in his life.

Ron was kind, was a friend to all, and never met a stranger. He was known and loved for his sense of humor. Ron worked as a Freight Dispatcher and had been a volunteer firefighter in Chesterton. He was an avid sports enthusiast, especially for the Blackhawks, White Sox and Purdue.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 29, 2012 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Cremation will be performed by Heritage Crematory, Portage, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Porter County Animal Shelter.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 6/28/2012