John Shipley passed away peacefully at his home on April 9, 2014 after a long illness. John was born March 31, 1924 to Adelia and Lester Earl Shipley in Sylvan, Oregon. He joined two older brothers, Vernon and Earle on the family ranch outside of Grass Valley, Oregon. His father died of tuberculosis in 1927. His mother married Tom Douma in 1932 and he was the father John knew. The family moved to a ranch east of Moro where John grew up and later farmed. John attended school briefly in Grass Valley then attended the rest of grade school and high school at the Moro Grade School where he graduated in 1942.
John attended Eastern Oregon College for a short time before entering the United States Navy where he served from 1943 to 1945. He returned to Sherman County where he worked for the Moro Grain Growers. He met his wife, Doris, in Moro where she was working at the Moro Café and were married in 1948. They moved to the family ranch near Moro, in 1949 to farm and raise a family. John raised wheat and cattle until his retirement in 1988.
John was a school board member for the Moro Grade School and also a Sherman County High School Board Member. He was on the Soil Conservation Board for many years, the 4-H Leaders Association, and member and President of the Sherman County Wheat League. He also received the 1956 Soil Conservation Man of the year. John served as the 1999 Grand Marshall for the Sherman County Fair. He was most recently a volunteer for the Sherman County Museum and an avid Sherman County Athletic Sports fan until his health began to decline.
He is survived by his four children; Allan Shipley, Norwalk, California, Carol and Ken Errend, Baker City, Joanne Gaige, Moro, Georgia and Tom Macnab, Moro, Grandchildren; Robert Shipley, Matthew Shipley, Anna Ramos, Mary Bloom Phelps, Shane Nisbet, Stephanie Stermon, Lyndsay Dane, and Charli Dane and nine great grandchildren with one more due in May. He was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his parents, his two brothers, and grandson Jacob Bloom.
Memorials can be made to the Sherman County Historical Society, the Sherman County Athletic Foundation and The Heart of Hospice.
Services will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Moro Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM. Private burial will be in The Dalles, Oregon at the St. Peters Catholic Cemetery.
Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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