Olen D. Sheperd, Air Force officer

February 26, 2013

Olen D. Sheperd, 92, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who became a civilian official at the Pentagon, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Washington, Ga.

The cause was congestive heart failure. A son, Jonathan Sheperd, confirmed the death.

Lt. Col. Sheperd served in the Army Air Forces as a navigator-bombardier in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He joined the newly formed Air Force in the late 1940s and became a flier of B-36 bombers. He was a supply and logistics officer before retiring in 1965.

He worked for the Air Force Department at the Pentagon from 1966 to 2001, retiring as deputy chief of the munitions, missiles and space plans and policy division.

Olen Dean Sheperd was a native of East Liverpool, Ohio, and a 1940 chemistry and physics graduate of what is now the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. He received a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Maryland in 1971.

Lt. Col. Sheperd moved to Lincolnton, Ga., from Upper Marlboro in 2007.

His wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Green Sheperd, died in 2010. Survivors include three children, James Sheperd of Appling, Ga., Jonathan Sheperd of Shalimar, Fla., and Jacquelyn Doster of Lincolnton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein