Michael John “Papa” Sheppard, a music lover, principal and inappropriate joke teller, passed away from a battle with lung cancer on Jan. 3, 2022.

He was born Dec. 5, 1948. Papa is survived by his wife of 52 years, Martha June Sheppard. He would say “She married Paul Newman and ended up with Homer Simpson” but she ended up with her life partner and best friend. He is also survived by; his daughters, Jennifer Sheppard and Amy Stoddard, five grandkids (Colin, Adison, Max, Isaac and Ramey), two brothers and one sister (Sam, Art and Marilyn) as well as many nieces and nephews.

Papa was a principal for over 30 years in the Roseburg School District and often spoke fondly of his time with the students and teachers. He was an avid golfer and skier in retirement and had a joke for any occasion.

There will be a celebration of life in a warmer and more covid-friendly time.

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