TOPEKA, Kan. – Karen Kay Shepherd, age 72, passed away from cancer on July 2, 2021 in Topeka, Kan., with her daughter by her side. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Her daughter, Shannon, supported her throughout.
Karen was born Feb. 18, 1949, to W.J. and Betty Klipstine. She was the oldest of two children. She was raised in Guernsey and graduated Guernsey Sunrise High School in 1967.
Karen began working for the Burlington Northern Railroad as a clerk in Guernsey in 1978. Karen retired after 41 years of service.
Karen’s parents and grandson, Jourden, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter Shannon of Topeka and a brother, Mike Klipstine, of Guernsey.