Chipton Edward Gurley 1966-2017

17065After mourning the loss of our mother for 52 days, our dad, Fred W. Shipp joined her and our Heavenly Father on May 29, 2017.  Dad was born in July of 1926 in Fulton County, Illinois to Cordy May and Bruce Shipp.  He married Marjorie Lois in September of 1949 in Havana, Illinois.

Dad loved his family and would do anything to help them.  He always upheld us in prayer and was always there to listen.  Dad was a hard worker, he and mom worked side by side to build the house they lived in since 1962.  Although he was not able to finish school due to the death of his father at an early age he was skilled in many areas.  He told us many times of the school superintendent coming to his house to insist he return to school.  Dad’s reply was “if you send someone to cut wood and do the farming I will go to school”.  The superintendent never came back.  Dad retired from Caterpillar in 1982 after 37 years where he was a painter and later worked in the paint mixing building.  He would often come home with his lunch box painted in a custom color like teal.  He painted the church bus for Forsyth Baptist.  He also designed and built the fire escape at Forsyth Baptist.  He enjoyed taking care of his yard and driveway on his riding mower and snow blower.  He was a member of Harvest Community Church of Maroa.

He is survived by his children, Lois (Rickey) Cavender, Austin, Arkansas, Frederick Shipp, Macon, Lillie (Tom) Barker, Oreana and Leon (Dana Fisher) Shipp, Macon.  Grandchildren Michelle (Jon) Spoor, Kasey (Adam) Elkins, Quentin Tombaugh, Joshua (Heather) Tombaugh, Nicholis Shipp, Jeffrey (Shelby) Barker, Jeremy (Jordan) Barker, Levi Shipp and Katie Shipp.  Twelve Great Grandchildren and one due in September.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Sisters Flossie Lerch, Florence Leinweber, Pauline Bunch, Beatrice Bearce and Brother Bruce Shipp.

Thank you to the Maroa Fire Department for their assistance and comforting words.  Family requests memorials be made to the fire department in dads name.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

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