The Rev. Edward Sheppard Sr.

The Rev. Edward Lee Sheppard Sr., 83, Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Minnesota, died Sept. 2 at Lyngblomsten Care Center.

Father Sheppard’s ministry included a long-term connection to the Dakota Indian community, both in Morton, Minn., and St. Paul. In his retirement, Ed served the historic St. John’s Church, Hassan (Rogers), Minn. He was also a planner and original board member of the Jules Fairbank Treatment Center, St. Paul.

A French horn player, he played with the Jewish Community Center Orchestra, Roseville Community Band and various Minnesota orchestras.

He was a charter member of the Falcon Heights Coffee Grounds Breakfast Group.

Ed gave his body to the University of Minnesota’s Anatomy Bequest Program.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Sheppard and Ellen Sassenberg; son, Edward Lee Jr.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Roseville, on Sept. 6.

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