James C. Shipley

May 27, 1939 ‒ January 03, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

James C. Shipley, age 79, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Knox Community Hospital. He was born on May 27, 1939 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of Kenneth and Leota Mae (Deakins) Shipley.  Jim was a 1958 graduate of Fredericktown High School.

Jim was a family farmer first, but he later served as a representative for Pioneer Seed before establishing Shipley Seed Service with his family for over 42 years.  He also served as the Mount Vernon city treasurer for over 10 years, was a representative for MoorMan’s in Illinois and retired in 2001 after 15 years of employment with Mount Vernon Farmers Exchange.

Jim was also active in his community either serving on various boards or volunteering his time to organizations and functions.  He served on the Knox County Fair Board for over 40 years, 100% 4-H club for over 28 years, co-founder and charter member of the Fredericktown Tomato Show, President of Home Talent Stakes, officer on the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters and member of the Knox County Farm Bureau.  Jim was also recognized as the Knox County Young Farmer of the year in 1973 and hosted 3 Heart of Ohio Farm Tours over the years.

Jim was loved by many and will be missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years Debra (Cockerill) Shipley, his children; Wid (Lori) Shipley, Tanya Jo (Gary) Knapp, Sonya (Mark) Overholt and Jamie (Terri) Shipley; his step-children, Amber (Rob) Fowler, Traci (Jason) Vela and Ryan (Lee Anne) Pentz; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a step great grandson and four sisters; Betty Grant, Joyce Pence, Vonda (Fred) Turner and Terry (Delmis) Gaddis.

Besides his parents Jim was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis Brown and Annie Fearn.

Friends may call on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 11 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at Christ the King Community Church, 15598 McClelland Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 beginning at 11 a.m.  Rev. David Wood will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown, Ohio.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Knox County 4-H Foundation or the Knox County Horseman Association.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of James C. Shipley.

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  • Brother you be miss so much! I am glad I came to see you that day! RIP BROTHER JIM!

  • Our deepest sympathies to all of Jim’s family. Such a loss for everyone, and a shock that he is gone. He was such a kind and loving man who adored his family. He will be missed by all of us who had the opportunity to know him. Gone to soon! RIP Jim😥.

    Paul & Leigh Anne Manter

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Jim loved his family and he will be missed by so many. God be with you and our thoughts and PRAYERS are with you. Steve and Dona Burgess.

  • Our deepest condolences and sympathy for Jim’s family. He was a lovely person with such a warm smile and laugh. He always had a kind word and a twinkle in his eye.He will truly be missed
    Our prayers for peace and grace to his beloved wife Debra and family.

  • My heart goes out to all who loved him. Our family lost a good man. He was loved by many , my heart and many others are deeply broken. Bless u all as you go through this hard journey. Love u all.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Many fond memories. Prayers for healing to family and friends at this sad time for you all.

  • So sorry to hear the passing of Jim May God give the family strength through this difficult time our prays are with all of you RIP Jim you will be missed by so many. Jeff and Cheryl Gaddis

  • To the Family of Jim so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all and my thoughts and prayers go out to you 🙏🙏🙏

  • Praise God as Jim is home now. All in this wonderful family, be assured, he is with the Father. Fred and BJ Gerling.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our sympathy to each and everyone in your entire family. Many memories of Jim but one of the best was his time and assistance in starting the Fredericktown Youth Football Program many years ago. Special hugs to Jamie, Lori and Terry. Praying for God’s blessings and love to surround all your families during this difficult time.

  • Wid (lori) so sorry on the loss of your father. Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family.

  • Dearest Wid, Debbie, Amber & the rest of Jim’s family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather & brother. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts & prayers. Big hugs sent your way.
    Blessings, Tom & Jan Fowler

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Shipley family during this difficult time.
    Wayne, Kim and the boys

  • Terry & family, we are very sorry for the loss of your brother,Jim. He was a good
    man in the community. He will be
    missed. Prayers for your family.Steve & Cindy Bouton (Kershner

  • We are so sorry for the loss of Jim. He seemed larger than life to me as a boy. He was active with his father in leading 100% 4H Club when we were young and he was always a joy to be around. So sorry for your loss. Bruce & Tracey Snell

  • I think I know most of you in Jim’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. We share in your loss. I have many great memories of Jim, especially associated with the Tomato Show.
    Thank goodness he had such a passion for seeing it succeed! I hope your memories will comfort you now and in the difficult days ahead. We will be unable to see you and give you a hug next week but my prayers will continue.

  • To all the Shipley family. We are so sorry for your loss of Jim. It was such a shock and just an example that we never know when God will call us home. We love you Debbie and just know that our prayers will be with you throughout this sad time. Hugs and prayers to the entire family. Aunt Jeanne and Joe

  • So sorry for your loss. Work with Jim alot on the fair. He was a good guy . God bless his family at this hard time in their life. RIP Jim
    Steve and Barb Moore

  • So sorry for your loss!! He will be missed by many!!
    Precious memories to those who knew and loved him!!

  • So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I will keep the Shipley family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Want to let you all know our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Family at this time. May your all the precious memories and the Lord be your with you at this time.

  • Want to let you all know our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Family at this time. May all the precious memories and the Lord be your with you at this time.

  • To the families, our hearts go out to the all of the families, Jim was precious, we missed the Christmas gathering with my brother and sisters as we are so busy we always do this after the Christmas with their families. Jim was on the tomato show board when I accepted treasure and was that 14 wonderful years, was blessed to be in our lifes as many as he was, we love you brother. Thanks for all the blessings and prayers, little communities are great.

  • Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of Jim. We will always remember Jim fondly and feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing him. He was loved and appreciated by many who knew him. His acts of kindness and that twinkle in his eye will never be forgotten.

  • Deepest Sympathy and prayers to all the family and friends. May the Lord give you strength during this hard time.

  • So sorry Wid for the loss of your Dad. You and all of your family are in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • We are very sorry for the loss of your brother,husband.father and grandfather. We pray God’s love,mercy and peace will sustain you during the difficult days ahead. Sincerely, Tom and Dodie Hoelle

  • Sonya and family we are so sorry for the loss of your Father. We keep all of your family in our pray. Sincerely, George and Sue Levengood

  • We are sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. He touched the lives of many and will be missed. RIP Jim.

  • Wid I am so sorry for your loss . you and your family are in my prayers..Elsie and Phil

  • Dear Deb, Jamie, Terri, Tara, Bailee and the whole Shipley family,
    We want to express our sympathy and let you know you all are in our prayers. Jim was a great man and we are blessed to have known him. Love you guys.

  • To the Shipley family, we are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We enjoyed working with him at the Knox County Fair and other projects throughout the years. Jim was someone we could always count on for help and information and we loved his sense of humor! Our prayers are with you.
    Joe and Marcy Rinehart and the WNZR crew

  • My Deepest Sympathies to Jimmy’s family. So many Wonderful Memories. Shared times,Shared memories,will keep him with you. Everyone he meant was a friend and he knew how to make them feel,a friend to him. Will remember his Smile and kindness. 😀Caring Thoughts are with you, Prayers, Hugs and Love, Connie ❤🙏😢🙏

  • Our thoughts and prayers to the Shipley family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  • So sorry for your lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Mary Green-Durbin

  • Shipley Family: so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I had the good fortune to work with him on the Tomato Show board for several years, and he always knew how to get things done, and always with the best sense of humor. He was always laughing, always positive, such a fun person to be around.
    Vonda…..I’m sure you’ll remember all the baked and canned goods that your family entered for judging and what happened to them after judging, and your mom coming to the fairboard trailer to complain, not knowing that Jim had a hand in the “sampling”….I still tell that story to this day!
    Family was so important to Jim. I know it’s a horrible time, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. What a gift you had being part of his family!

  • Shipley Family: So sorry to hear of about Jim’s passing. We use to have a lot of fun out on the Shipley farm playing basketball and at the 200 club parties as well. Jim was always helpful with all the 4 H Clubs and was always willing to help anybody. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Greg & Darla Frazier

  • To the Shipley family god bless you folks I rember many many of times your dad delving seed to the farm. Truly a great person sorry for your loss

  • I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of Jim’s family.
    May God give you comfort and peace in the coming days. Memories are special and you have those to keep forever.

  • Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. His loss is being felt by many as he was so well known and liked. Prayers for peace and comfort for all of you. Hugs

  • Sincere condolences to the Shipley family, and to his sisters, Vonda, Terry, Joyce and Betty. Jim was well liked. So sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Words seem inadquate to express the sadness felt for the loss of Jim. Our hearts go out to all the famlies in your time of sorrow.

    Calvin and Janet Hulse

  • So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Jeff and Teresa Radel

  • Our thoughts are with all of you. Got a laugh out of Carol Jaggers remarks because we remember that story all too well also. The memories will always be with you.
    Romans 10:9-11
    Romans 8:23
    1 Corinthians 15:42-45
    1 Thessalonians 5:13-18

  • We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Our deepest condolences for the Shipley family, Jim always seemed to make one smile! He will be greatly missed in the knox community as he has impacted so many lives. You all are in our thoughts and prayers, today as always…

  • Dear Debbie & family,
    I was so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We had missed him at our Aqua Health classes and had hoped that he would be back with us soon. His sense of humor brought smiles to all of us and we enjoyed discussing and dissecting the Buckeye games. He greatly loved his family and time spent with all of you. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Shipley family. Jim was a pillar of strength in the Fredericktown community . His legacy will carry on thru his family .
    Tom Foster

  • so sorry to hear of loss of your beloved family member…..you have lost a brother and the community has lost another of its leaders……

  • Our sympathy is felt to all of the family. Jim’s leadership and service leave a legacy for all of you to be proud of and be full of stories that will be re-told in the coming days. Those stories and memories will be of great comfort now and in the years to come. We grieve for those we miss until the day we meet again. May the prayers sent up for your family bring you comfort and strength in the days to follow.
    Dallas and Deanna Shira-Tackett

  • Our condolences to the Shipley family. Our prayers are with you all. Amber you are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope that you can some peace and comfort in the days ahead. Big hug, Brenda and Jon Holcomb

  • I’m in shock of Jim’s passing. Jim will be very much missed by everyone who knew him, he was a great man who was well respected in this community. I’m sending my thought’s and prayer’s to the whole Shipley family during this difficult time for their loss…May you R.I.P Jim….((HUGS))

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, our condolences to the family. We were 3 years behind Jim in school- memories of him as a fine all-around athlete on some very good teams- basketball, track, and football. Driving around in that pick-up truck with his cute high school sweetheart at his side- what a gorgeous couple. We met his daughter Sonya Overholt 3 years ago, Jim must have been a good dad to have raised a daughter like Sonya. Blessings to the family.

  • My deepest sympathies to the Shipley families. Loss of a loved one is never easy for sure but cherish those precious memories every time you remember Jim.
    Rene’ (Schwartz) Hefner

  • I am so sorry for your loss . Jim was in my Aqua Fit class he always had a smile on his face and was so kind and funny . We will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My Deepest Sympathy to all The Shipley Family
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with you
    Love and Hugs

  • So sorry for your loss Jim was a great man.my sisters and I love working with him at the fair and will miss him.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know he will be greatly missed by each of you.
    Sue Zollars

  • Betty,Vonda,Joyce,Terry,Carolyn and family, sorry I can’t be there for you at this time,but my thoughts and prayers are. Jim will be remembered and missed by many. Hopefully your close family ties will bring you peace as you share all the stories and happy memories. Love you all!
    Nancy Colopy

  • To my dear friends Tanya Jo and Gary, I pray God wraps his living arms around you two and your entire family and each of you find strength and comfort there during this difficult time.
    With heart felt sympathy,
    Margie Gillespie

  • He was truly “one of a kind.” His voice was like a finely tuned instrument, very distinct and so much fun to hear. I almost walked past him as I entered Walmart before Christmas until I heard his distinct voice bellow out “HELLO JOHN LAMBERT!” I was already smiling before I located him near the exit. I’ll bet he never failed to address someone by name wherever he encountered them. Why? Because he dearly loved and respected people. His was an example we should all follow. And his performance on the radio when they fooled him about treating his lawn is priceless. Don’t look for a replacement. He was a gift we all shared. And we won’t see another like him. But remember him, we will.

  • Loved reading all the wonderful messages, it brought comfort to me. And what a great video. And we loved the one with Jim, pony and our son Barry when he was young. Thanks for the memories.