CENTERBURG — Robert Shipley, 66 of Centerburg, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in the emergency room at St. Ann’s Hospital.
Born Feb. 22, 1946, in Shawnee, to the late Jack Shipley and Mildred (Cox) Shipley who survives in Texas. A graduate of Hilliard High School in 1964, he then attended Columbus Business University. It was there that he met his beloved wife of 46 years, Ann (Hahn).
A proud American, Robert was a veteran, serving 26 years in the U.S. Army. Bob first worked with the Pennsylvania Railroad and it was there he developed a passion for trains. He then worked as an aluminum extruder for Central Aluminum for 10 years and then as a security guard with Pinkerton’s Security.
Active in many organizations, he was a member of the Redeemers Church of Westerville, American Legion Post 136 of Mount Vernon, AMVETS Post 59 of Centerburg, and he also served as the vice commander of the Knox County Veterans Council. Moving to Centerburg in 2008, he enjoyed the village and volunteered with the Centerburg Senior Services as well as the Centerburg Farm Festival.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ann; son, Douglas Shipley of Lewis Center; daughter, Barbara (Charles) Pack of Centerburg; five grandchildren, Jacob, Jared, Elizabeth Pack, Bailey and Grayson Shipley; mother, Mildred, and brother, Jeff Cooper, both of Carlton, Texas.
Friends may call Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Redeemers Church, 295 Sunbury Road, Westerville. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council, will follow in Eastview Cemetery. Immediately following the services friends are invited to a reception at the Fuller Center.
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