Patrick J. Shepler

Born: 02/14/1959 Passed:

Patrick J. Shepler, age 59 of North Canton passed away December 9, 2018 at Aultman Compassionate Care surrounded by his loving family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Patrick was born February 14, 1959 in Canton to the late Fred and Rose Mary (Moulin) Shepler. He was a graduate of East Canton High School Class of 1977. Patrick retired from Timken Steel July 1st of 2018 following 39 years of service. He was an active and faithful member of Northwest Church of Christ where he was a former Deacon. Patrick enjoyed camping, the outdoors and cruising. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren. Patrick will forever be remembered by family and friends for the altruistic manner in which he lived his life.

He is survived by his wife, Theada (Alexander); sons, Ryan (Kathy) Shepler and Teddy (Victoria) Hayes; daughter, Talina Waidman; brother, Fred (Debbie) Shepler; sister, Jeanne Zepp; grandchildren, Calliope and Elowen Shepler, Owen and Alexander Hayes and Gauge Waidman; nephews, Michael Shepler and Matthew Zepp; and niece, Melissa Walker.

Patrick’s family will receive friends Thursday from 11 – 1:00 pm at Northwest Church of Christ, 3904 38th Street NW in Canton. A service Celebrating his life will follow at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patrick’s memory to Northwest Church of Christ. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

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17 Tributes to Patrick J. Shepler

  1. Rosa Lea says:

    There are not enough adjectives to describe what Patrick was- a true and heroic man who poured himself into whatever he did. No matter the job he was always there to help, a true servant with an unconditional love for all.

  2. Bill Rosenberger says:

    Mrs. Shepler, I’m very sorry for your loss. Patrick, Fred, and Jeanne were neighbors from just down the road on Cindell Street. I remember many hours spent on their basketball court in the backyard. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Sue Winkler homes says:

    My deepest sympathy to Patrick and his family, his wife children and grandchildren. He was a neighbor of mine for many many years out on sindel street. We all played together in the big pond by his house. There was a whole neighborhood full of kids and we all played together. I am just shocked and saddened by this passing. May he rest in peace with God and may the Lord give you comfort and strength

  4. David Gascon says:

    I worked with Pat for a short time at Timken. It was a pleasure to work with a man that took as much pride in his work as he did. He was always willing to explain the process to help me understand what we were doing. He will be missed.

  5. Patrick Moody says:


    May the peace of God be with you and your family. God bless your soul.

    Pat Moody

  6. Brian and Cathy Heid says:

    Theada and Family,

    You will continue to be in our prayers. Patrick was so very loved by so many people, as are all of you. God brought our circumstances together and we were so very blessed to have your family just down the hall. May God continue to bless you and comfort you.

  7. Sharon Stalnaker says:

    Dear Theda, my heart is breaking for you!! I am so sorry to hear about Patrick and I will not be able to be there, but know that I am thinking of you and praying for you and may you feel God’s comforting hand on you at this time.
    Sharon Stalnaker

  8. Cheryl Mickley says:

    My childhood friend PJ will be missed. It’s so good to hear that he continued to be a loving and gentle soul throughout his life. I carry fond memories of our friendship and offer my sincere condolences to his family. May God comfort you in your time of loss.

  9. Dale Scott says:

    I’ve been crossing paths with Pat since 1984. I can remember walking out of Stark Technical College together one evening after class in the mid 1980’s. I ended up working with Pat for 20+ years. To say he would give the shirt off his back would be an understatement. He will be dearly missed.

  10. Betsy Buker says:

    I was so sorry to read of Pat’s passing. I worked at Timken Steel and have many fond memories of Pat. He was one of the most dedicated and hard working employees that I ever encountered. If Pat was on the job, there was no need to worry. Pat was a nice guy and would always lend a hand. Rest In Peace Pat. You will be missed

  11. Jo Ann (Hazel) Griffith says:

    My deepest sympathies to you Theada and your family and relatives. I met Pat just after he had finished school. My brother and I knew Pat from shooting trap. He was such a nice individual. May he rest in peace and may God comfort you all in this time of sorry.

  12. Jo Ann (Hazel) Griffith says:

    I met Pat when I took up trap shooting with my brother. Pat was a very nice individual. I’m sure he will be missed by many. May God comfort you during this time and may Pat rest in peace for eternity.

  13. Clyde & Melissa Burfield says:

    We met Patrick srveral years ago! A very wonderful friend and loving brother in Christ! We will deeply miss Patrick! Patrick would give you the shirt off his back!

  14. Todd Barnby says:

    Pat was one of the most genuine and decent men I’ve met in life. I feel lucky to have known him.

  15. A classmate and a friend, Sherri (Stinard) Fogle. says:

    My deepest sympathies to Pat’s loved ones. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and thoughts are with those going on without him. Take comfort in the knowledge that he left behind love, precious memories, and is at peace with the lord.

  16. Al Cope says:

    Rest in peace brother

  17. John Fair says:

    Sorry for your loss, I worked with Pat at Timken as we went through the apprenticeship together. I hope the fond memories help during this difficult time.

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