John Shepler

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John Thomas Shepler passed away on December 19th, 2022. He was 59 years old.

John was born May 6th, 1963, to Eugene and Arvilla Shepler in Jamestown, North Dakota. He was the youngest of eight children.

John met the love of his life, Kathleen, at Moorhead Tech in 1981 while attending Chef’s Training. They married on August 16th, 1986, and had three daughters: Nicole, Megan, and Samantha. Family was his number one priority. He always made sure to be at every sporting event, concert, and activity. In recent years he had the joy of watching his family grow with grandchildren Josephine, Oliver, and Finn. He gained three more grandchildren through his daughter Samantha’s marriage: Allie, Duane, and Sophia. John also spent much of his time caring for his mother, Arvilla, whom he loved very much.

To John, every day was a good day for fishing! Some of his favorite fishing spots included Lake of the Woods, Lake Lida, Lake Crystal, Lake Lizzie, and Devils Lake. He also enjoyed the occasional trip on the Red River, often to catch the music from concerts in the area while he reeled in catfish! He never turned down an opportunity to explore the outdoors through camping, boating, hiking, or just sitting back under the stars. He also enjoyed tasting fine wines, touring breweries, and sharing his finds with friends and family. He was always ready for a chess match (which he always won) and was prepared to conquer any board or card game.

John completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University in 1995. He started his career in 1995 at CNH (Case New Holland) as a Test Engineer. In 2005 he assumed the Testing Engineering Supervisor role, coordinating the testing activities on the equipment developed in Fargo. In 2007 he assumed the role of Manager of Test Planning with the task of planning test activities. In 2010 he was appointed WW Wheel Loader Product Validation Manager, which involved validation activities in Fargo (North Dakota), Lecce (Italy), Berlin (Germany), and Belo Horizonte (Brazil). In 2018 he was assigned the role of manager of validation methodologies for both Construction and Agricultural equipment. Since 2020 he has been in charge of coordinating the product certification and approval activities, especially with regard to agricultural tractors developed in Fargo for all world markets. In this role, he coordinated the implementation of applicable regulatory and approval requirements in the sales markets with product development bodies and assisted other teams in organizing tests and verifications by government officials. In recent years international technical standardization forums as well as being one of the four influential members of the United States OECD.

One of John’s favorite things to do was stand as a university presenter. He inspired students to believe they could achieve anything they set their minds to as he spoke about engineering and professional development concepts. John helped shape curriculum structures and advocated for students as new programs regarding engineering and mechanics were constructed. His passion for furthering education, combined with his knowledge, made him an outstanding teacher to the college students he spoke to, the interns he worked with, and his children.

John was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Shepler. He is survived by his mother, Arvilla Shepler; wife, Kathleen Shepler; daughters Samantha (Tyler) Nyland, Megan (Michael) Moore, and Nicole Shepler; grandchildren Oliver Moore, and Finn Moore, Josephine Shepler; step-grandchildren Allie Nyland, Sophia Nyland, and Duane Nyland.


Visitation - Tuesday: December 27, 2022 9:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Funeral Service - Tuesday: December 27, 2022 10:00 am

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. In the couple years that I have known John, I appreciated his thoughtful technical questions. He wanted to learn while doing right for farmers in the US and around the world.

  2. Dear John,

    it has been a real pleasure meeting you and working with you.

    Really a huge loss…

    Rest In Peace


  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of John. Beyond a colleague at work, we became good friends. His wry sense of humour – especially when working through a difficult problem (usually created by “difficult” people) – will be truly missed. He always found time for others and shared many photos of the fish he caught among other adventures. Wishing peace to the family and passing along condolences from other colleagues from the industry he served.

  4. I have worked with John for about 3 years. We talked almost daily and I considered him a good friend. We wasted lots of time talking about fishing and other nonsense we should have been focusing. My condolences to the family. He will truly be missed.

  5. He is a great mentor and showed immense respect for everyone around him. It was a pleasure knowing and working with him. We stayed in contact even after I left CNH and Fargo that shows his love to people. It’s a great loss.
    My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  6. I have know for many years at work. I am definitely going to miss some of the funny stores he used to tell. My deepest condolences to the family.

  7. I am so sorry for the families loss. John was a great guy and we always had in depth conversations about investments.

  8. Have known John for many years, we worked together. In fact, just talked to him a few months ago. John and my Harry did a lot of fishing together at Thompson lake, and Devils lake. You are all in my prayers.

  9. So sorry for your loss. John was such a gentle soul. Our thoughts and hugs are with you and your family. 🙏❤️🙏
    -Dawn Kearns

  10. I’m so sorry for your sudden loss, to you and your family. Sending the warmest hugs a gentlest thoughts . Love 💕🥰🦋

  11. As a colleague, I met John only in the last few years, mostly related to our activity at OECD level. I recall our last trip t in Prague. For sure John was a very “good man” and a very good colleague. Professional, expert, always available to support, always gentle and also funny. We’ll miss him a lot in CNH.
    Dear John, rest in peace

  12. We are saddened by the sudden loss of John and thinking of you, Kathleen, and your family. John was joy to be around and will be dearly missed. Love and hugs.

  13. I only knew John for a few years and met him personally for the first time this summer (in St. Valentin / Austria). He was a nice colleague, experienced, patient and hardworking (John was often already online in European mornings). We will miss him.
    My deepest condolences to the family.

  14. Dear John, it was always a pleasure working and talking with you. Rest in peace my friend and collegue. Robert Kletzmayr. From CNH Österreich

  15. I met John many years ago during my time at CNHI. John always had a smile on his face and loved to talk about and go fishing. We will miss you.

  16. I have know John last year. I had a great chance tô work and travel with him. A Very Fun and good man. I Will miss him in the next Meetings.

  17. John it was a real pleasure to meet you in the OECD meetings. I really appreciated your attendance and your positive approach in the discussion. I will miss you in our future meetings. On behalf of the OECD Co-ordinating Centre I wish to present my condolences to John’s family.

  18. My dear Shepler’s, so sorry for your loss! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers! Gods peace be with you! Sending love and support!

  19. Very sad here of John’s passing. May he rest in peace. My connection with John was during his 1st 8 years at CNH. He was a very talented engineer. I am proud to see all that he accomplished in the past 20 years.
    My sincere condolences and sympathy to his family.

  20. I’ve worked with John for almost 25 years at CNHI. John was always available for a good fishing story, a great mentor and fishing buddy that I will miss dearly. Rest In Peace John.

  21. So sorry to hear of your great loss. All that I can think to offer is our prayers and our deepest sympathies. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    • We have warm fond memories of John being a great husband, father and camping guide! Too young to be gone! Sorry we could not make it to the services, but I did watch online and loved the Bob Seger “Katmandu song tribute at the end. All our love to John’s Family❤️ We are thinking of you Kathy, Megan, Nicole and Samantha and all.
      Laurie Braun

  22. Heartfelt condolences for the loss of John. Prayers and hugs for your whole family. John was a wonderful man.

  23. Thinking of and praying for the entire Shepler family. May you find joy and comfort in each other as you face the days ahead. Sending lots of love and prayers.

  24. So sorry to hear of your loss. Way to young to go. Hugs and prayers from the Nodsle kids around Hitterdal, Hawley, and Ulen.

  25. John was always the “fun-cle” at every visit to North Dakota and family reunion. I’ll miss him whipping the entire Shepler family off tubes and making sure everyone was happy and loved.

  26. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of such a dedicated, generous, talented man with a soft and loving nature. Always there to host a barbeque, share his knowledge, or swap a fishing tale. I’ll treasure those quiet times shared with my brother-in-law John on a river or lake.

  27. All of the Shepler family reunions have been a result of John and his family’s dedication and hard work to plan the reunions, prepare food for them and do most of the work so that the rest of us traveling from afar could show up, enjoy each other and connect with one another. He was especially dedicated to taking care of our mother who is at a Fargo skilled nursing center. John will be missed by all of us. My heart goes out to his wife Kathy and his children Nicole, Megan and Samantha and their families.

  28. Shepler Family
    My heart goes out to all of you. I wish I had gotten to know John better because after reading everything that is being written about him, it’s obvious that he was an amazing human and this world needs more John Shepler’s. Kathy, you are in our prayers and the love you had for John will stay with you through this difficult time. I’m so sorry we cannot be there for you but know we have you wrapped in our arms. Love from the LeRoy Mattson Family. Rick, Kris, Marilyn, Vicki & Larry.

  29. I was so very sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. He always stopped to visit about his most recent fishing adventure and was just such a joy to talk to here at CNH. He will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to his wife, family and friends. Rest in peace, my friend.

  30. We love you. We will ALWAYS be blessed to have known that truly loving heart that you gave to all your family and extended family. You will be missed until we see you again. All our Love,

  31. So sorry to hear about John. He was a good colleague and an even better person. I am glad we were able to go fishing together this past summer. I added a picture of our catch on the memories timeline.

  32. Dear Kathy and family, Sending my deepest condolences. I recall how we first met, as neighbors and our husband’s were studying Engineering. How are families have grown and changed over the years. Always here as a friend. Love Jane Butler Hoaglund

  33. My deepest condolences to the Shepler family. I enjoyed working with John and hearing of his fishing adventures. He was a respected colleague ready to provide a laugh when adversity was encountered. A genuine caring man always striving to do the right thing. I will truly miss you!

  34. Shepler Family, I am very sorry for your loss. John will be greatly missed at CNH also! I very much appreciate his fun & kind attitude through years of work and travel. God Bless you in this time.

  35. Dear John’s family,

    I am incredibly sad to have lost an amazing colleague, one in hundreds, who was always helpful, attentive and kind – merits that are rarely met these days!
    I am thinking of you and I hope you find some peace in these difficult times, knowing how much respected John was and how much he will be missed!
    My deepest and sincere condolences to you !!!
    May John’s soul rest in peace !!!

  36. Kathy, Nicole, Megan, Samantha and family,
    Sending my condolences to the Shepler family. I know how much family meant to John. You were his life, his everything. May your memories help ease your sadness at this difficult time. Char Laney

  37. I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. It was a pleasure knowing and working with you in OECD Tractor Codes.
    Dusan Stofik – Slovakia

  38. Dear family and friends of John,
    We are shocked to hear this sad news about John.
    We met him last year in October 2022 by the OECD Test Engineers Conference and in June 2022 in Prague by the OECD Technical Working Group meeting. We had many interesting discussions at and beside the meetings.
    He was so full of positivity in his gentil character and had a great technical knowledge, too. He will be missed – professionally and personally.

  39. I’ve met John when I joined CNH in 2008. He has always been a source of inspiration, a mentor, and a friend I could bounce my crazy ideas off. His rigor and attention to detail made him one of the best engineers I’ve had the privilege of working with. Yes, we’ve had our challenges at work, but his positive outlook on life and friendship always made it easier to navigate the rough waters. His passion, dedication to his work, and expertise will be missed. To those he leaves behind, he’s watching over you from up above, and will accompany and guide you for the many years to come. May you find peace and strength in these trying times.

  40. To the Shepler family: I am so sorry for your loss. From time to time, I would get a chance to work with John. He was a thoughtful and dedicated individual. He always went the extra mile and was detailed in all his work. I really appreciated that. I never got to meet him in person, but when we did talk he would always mention his daughters and their dogs :). Sending lots of prayers and comfort your way.

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