Local Navy veteran dies at 97

A local veteran who was involved in Kern County Honor Flight died last week.

Willis Ivan Shepard died on Sept. 14.

He was born on July 20, 1920 in Huron, South Dakota. Willis later moved to California where he would enlist in the Navy in 1942.

He moved to Bakersfield in 2004 and became involved with Honor Flight.
Willis is survived by his daughter and son, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A service is scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church on Buena Vista Road. 

Shepard was 97 years old.

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