TOLONO – David L. Shipley, 76, of Tolono passed away at 12:35 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 5, 2017) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at Tolono United Methodist Church with the Rev. Al Simonson officiating. Burial will be at Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono. Military rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, following Masonic services at 8:30 a.m. Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, is assisting with arrangements.
Mr. Shipley was born Nov. 13, 1940, at Tolono, a son to Earl and Arlene Cook Shipley. He married Hedwig Marta Mittner on Aug. 10, 1962; she preceded him in death on Aug. 13, 2004. He is survived by two sons, Richard P. (Davia) Shipley of Zion and D. Lee Shipley Jr. of Sadorus; two daughters, Julie (Chris) Williamson of Council Bluff, Iowa, and Hedy (James McCracken) Bourland of Sadorus; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Richard (Ilene) Shipley of Tolono, Tom (Linda) Shipley of Tolono and Steve (Jan) Shipley of Savoy. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Shipley retired from the U.S. Army as Sergeant First Class after 22 years where he served in Vietnam and Germany among several other locations. He then retired from the University of Illinois in the Veterinary Medicine and Chemistry departments. He was a life member of VFW Post 1237 in Tolono, then VFW 5520 in Champaign. He was a member of Tolono Masonic Lodge AM & AF 391, where he was a Master Mason. He was also a member of the Tolono Volunteer Fire Department. He loved Cloud 9 Ranch in Caulfield, Mo. He an avid outdoorsman which he passed on to his children. Through thick and thin, family always came first, and he instilled hard work and the value of being involved in the community.
After the death of his wife, he found a loving relationship with Carol Dixon, who stood by his side with love and care. The family is forever grateful.
Memorials may be made to the Tolono Volunteer Fire Department or Lokoda Indian Children School in South Dakota.