David Shepard

David C. Shepard grew up in Overland where he attended and graduated from Ritenour Sr. High School in 1980, and later the University of MissourióSt. Louis (UMSL) with a degree in Business Administration. He has served in the funeral industry since his childhood. Serving funeral families has always been a way of life for David. He is a fourth generation Shepard and he started his work here washing cars and mowing lawns. As our President/Owner, David is primarily responsible for all aspects of our administrative activities but he serves more visibly by organizing and conducting funeral services both here and at the cemetery.  

Caren Shepard

Caren L. Shepard attended Bel-Ridge Elementary school, Normandy Sr. High and is a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She met and married David in 1987 while working for Missouri Baptist Medical Center and soon discovered that ministering in the funeral industry was meant to be her lifelong endeavor. She earned her funeral directorís license and in 1990 became a full time member of this staff. In 1993 David and Caren purchased this funeral home to obtain sole ownership. Caren is Vice President/Owner but is better recognized as the primary director meeting with the majority of our funeral families to arrange their desired funeral services.

Terry Sheilds

Terry Shields (our resident comedian) graduated from Southwest High School and served in the U.S. Army for 3 years, two of those in Germany. He then worked as a project manager and estimator for 33years on many significant local projects including Bush Stadium and the TWA Dome. Terry has 1 daughter and 3 grandsons. He lost his wife of 33 years in1995 giving him a special heart for those experiencing loss of a loved one. He is an active member of Ballwin Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday School, Menís Bible Study, and Childrenís Bible Study Fellowship. Terry is our Assistant Director working alongside David and Caren during funeral and graveside services. His passion is making everyone smile.


Jim Hill

Jim Hill is originally from the small town of Lilbourn, Missouri. As a boy his residence served as the local funeral chapel.  He worked with his father at Hillís Funeral Home until the age of 19 when he joined the U.S. Army. He spent two of his four year enlistment on  Okinawa, Japan. After an honorable discharge, he began working at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and retired after 31 years. He married his childhood sweetheart;together they have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He became a member of our staff in 1994. Jim is one of our greeters and assists families during all visitations. He is a reliable, loyal, good-natured employee, always willing to lend a hand with anything he is asked to do.

Joe Slade

Joseph Slade graduated high school in 1954 the salutatorian of his class. He entered the armed forces in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1957. That year he began working at McDonnell Aircraft, later to become McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing. He retired after 42 years in June of 1999. Joe has been a member of First Baptist Church of St. John for 52 years, actively teaching Sunday School for 50 years. Joe and his wife have 3 sons, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. In 2000 he began working here as one of our greeters and has been a reliable, friendly member of our staff.  In addition to assisting families during all visitations, Joe maintains the building and grounds, including our fountain.

Larry Gerling

Larry Gerling was born and raised in St. Louis. He graduated from Ritenour High School June 1950 and immediately began an apprenticeship in the funeral industry.  In 1952 he graduated from St. Louis College of Mortuary Science. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.   In August of 1955, he received his Missouri Embalmers license and brings with him some 50+ years of funeral experience. He served as a church planter for his church in Villa Ridge.  He has three sons and a daughter, all serving as foreign missionaries, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He began working here in 1984 and he feels privileged to minister to the families served by the Shepard Family.