Loren Eastman Shepard
January 28, 1934 - December 3, 2021
Loren Shepard, 87, of Winooski, VT, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away due to heart and kidney disease on Thursday, December 3, 2021. Chronically ill for the past year, but with a continuing zest for life despite the recent loss of his beloved wife Lorene, he will be remembered for his big heart, gentle soul, contagious smile and quick witted puns.
Loren was born in Concord, New Hampshire on January 28, 1934 to Joseph and Evelyn (Towne) Shepard. Growing up, he developed a culinary interest sparked by helping his mother cook, which led to a high school home economics class where he excelled in cooking and was quickly assigned to food prep in the high school cafeteria. This experience launched his desire to pursue the food service business.
After high school graduation, Loren attended the Culinary Institute in New Haven, CT. With his culinary skills honed at age 19, he went to work at the Wentworth by the Sea Resort in Portsmouth, NH for a few summers, and the Flamingo Hotel in Miami during the winter. He was drafted into the Army soon after, and worked as a chef at The Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH in 1954 as he awaited his active duty orders.
While at the Inn, Loren met the love of his life, Lorene Craig, a seasonal waitress from Illinois. Immediately smitten, they were engaged by summer’s end. A year later they were married on August 6, 1955 in Galesburg, Illinois and moved to Fort Meade, Maryland where Loren was on active duty.
Loren entered the Fort Meade Cooks and Bakers School and it soon became apparent that he knew more than the professors, so they promoted him from the student roster to faculty. Motivated by the attention received for his intricate special event ice carvings, he entered the Baltimore Stewart and Catering Club competition and won second prize as a non-member. This gained attention back at Fort Meade and Loren soon found himself assigned as chef at the Officers Club. After Loren’s service in the Army, he returned to Hanover Inn and eventually enrolled at the University of New Hampshire on the GI Bill, receiving a BS in Hotel Restaurant Management in 1962.
After graduation Loren was hired by Saga Food Service at the University of Vermont campus, and he and Lorene moved their young family to Burlington, Vermont. He continued as food service director at Trinity and Champlain Colleges in Burlington through the 1970’s. In 1978 he received his Master’s degree in Education from St. Michael’s College, then designed and taught a Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program at Champlain College.
In 1983 Loren and Lorene moved to Delaware, and eventually Pennsylvania and New Jersey for Loren’s career with Saga. Over the years Loren was a Saga Food Service Director for various Burlington college campuses, Saga’s Senior Training and Development Administrator at Methodist Manor House in Seaford, DE, Director of Dietary Services at Conestoga View Nursing Home in Lancaster, PA, Director of Food Services at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, Director of Food and Nutrition at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, PA, and Food Service Director at William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey. He and Lorene returned to Burlington in 1999, and in recent years became residents of Our Lady of Providence Residential Care in Winooski.
His love of the Lord was evident in the way he lived his life, always humble and kind to all. He was a longtime member of Community Lutheran Church in South Burlington where he sang many duets with Lorene at church and community religious events. He served on church council as member and president, was active in Bible studies, ushering, and was always quick to tie on an apron and help with church dinners and events. He was a man who faithfully lived his Christian values.
Loren is survived by his children, Craig (Jeri) Shepard of Natick, Massachusetts, Robin (Jim) LeMunyon of Oak Hill, Virginia, and Dan (Deb) Shepard of Essex Junction, Vermont. He was the proud grandfather to his four grandchildren, Mark LeMunyon, Heather (Joe) Bateman, Kristin LeMunyon and Junelle Shepard, and he was especially blessed to have met his first great grandchild this year, Lydia Lorene Bateman. He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Lorene Shepard, his parents Joseph and Evelyn Shepard, and his three brothers, John, Bill and Robert Shepard.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Our Lady of Providence for their love and care Loren received as a resident the last few years. As well, the family extends their appreciation to the Birchwood Terrace Rehab staff for their compassionate and professional care Loren received the last few weeks of his life.
Loren’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2021 at Community Lutheran Church in South Burlington, followed by burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vermont/American Heart Association