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A Message from the Shepley Family

Post Date:05/05/2020 1:33 PM

At the request of the SHEPLEY FAMILY, the following information is provided:

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL – Our community suffered a devasting loss on Monday. Aaron Shepley was a lifelong resident of Crystal Lake and mayor of his hometown for more than 20 years. His family is greatly appreciative of the outpouring of kindness and gifts.

“Aaron loved this city and was proud to call it home. He was particularly proud of being one of the cofounders of the Crystal Lake Strikers. The Strikers have grown into a visible symbol of our community and will forever be part of the Shepley family,” said Regan Shepley, Aaron’s wife. “We are so grateful for the wonderful outpouring of support but in lieu of flowers we would suggest a donation to the Strikers.”

To make a donation, please visit the Strikers website at

What started as an opportunity for Aaron to show off his new drumming skills in 2008 grew into one of the most popular entertainment acts in the Chicago area. The organization has expanded to fulfill Aaron’s vision of providing education to local students. He was immensely proud of the programs involving more than 100 students that the Strikers run. More than one former student has reached out describing a personal touch Aaron made to encourage them when they were struggling. He loved the brothers, sisters, and extended family that the Strikers became to him.

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