MOUNT VERNON — Miles R. “Bill” Shipley, 86, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2011, at his residence.
He was born July 27, 1924, in Mount Vernon to the late Ray and Marie Shipley. Upon graduating from Howard High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Force, and served in the (secret and provisional) 1st Tactical Air Force in World War II as a P-47 fighter pilot of the 27th Fighter Group, flying 80 missions over France, Germany and Italy. He also authored a book titled “First TACAF Phantom Air Force in WWII.”
At the close of war, he returned to this area, where he wed his high school sweetheart, Martha Mills, and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. He worked at Cooper-Bessemer until 1979, procuring components for large projects such as the Alaskan (oil) Pipeline. During this time, he continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve, and remained on “30 day call” for 30 more years in the defense of his country, ultimately retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Shipley; daughter, Carolyn Shipley Luff; brothers-in-law, Richard Mills and Howard Mills; sister-in-law, Saralee Mills; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Prudence Shipley Mills.
Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. in Pleasant Valley Cemetery with military graveside honors conducted by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is handling the funeral services for the Shipley family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To express a condolence or share a memory with the Shipley family, please visit http://www.dilleylasater.com.
The family extends its profound thanks to Hospice of Knox County and Dr. William Elder for their dedicated care and support.