PLANO, Texas – Donald Roth Sheppelman passed away Nov. 25, 2012, in Plano, Texas, following a short illness.
He was born July 27, 1931, in Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Barbara Sheppelman; and his loving sister, Sylvia Raycraft of Normal.
He is survived by two children, Barbara Gallivan and her three boys, Kristian, Nicholas and Jeremy, all of Philo; and a son, Todd Sheppelman of Plymouth, Mich.
Mr. Sheppelman attended school at Dwight and was a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana. He spent four years in Naval aviation during the Korean War and was associate director of housing at the University of Illinois. In 1966, he and two of his associates from the University started the second Arby's in the state and the 14th in the nation.
He later co-founded the Country Inn Restaurant on North Neil Street and for the last 20 years before his retirement he was a real estate broker in the Champaign-Urbana area.
In 1989, Mr. Sheppelman moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and in 1998 to the Tampa area of Florida. He had recently moved to Plano, Texas, where he resided until his death.
His body was cremated and a celebration of life is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Silvercreek Restaurant in Urbana. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in Oaklawn Cemetery in Dwight.
Besides his children, Don had two lifetime passions! For over 65 years automobiles played a significant role in his life. He was part owner of The Milestone Motorcar Company in Champaign, which dealt in high performance, classic and collectible cars. In his lifetime, he owned over 50 automobiles, was a member of many car clubs and a vast collector of automobile memorabilia.
His other passion was of special friends who made his life the joy that it was. Among those whom he wished to be recognized at his death included Mr. Willis Kucera of Plano, Texas, his friend, caregiver and companion of many years, Mr. M.D. "Dukes" Broughton of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; Warren and Shirley DuVall of Morocco, Ind., Robert Weiler of Auburndale, Wis., Francis Lucht of Milford and John Walker of Granite Canyon, Wyo. These, among many others, were friends who made his world a better place in which he lived.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the American Diabetic Association in honor of his grandson, Nicholas Gallivan of Philo.