Kelly Dale Shipley

December 16, 1966 ‒ June 17, 2007

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Kelly Dale Shipley, age 40, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 17, 2007.

He was born in Delaware, Ohio, on December 16, 1966, the son of Lawrence Shipley and Penny McLain Shipley, both of Mount Gilead. Kelly graduated from Highland High School in the Class of 1984.

Kelly worked for Stahl Manufacturing as a press break operator, and formerly was a machine operator at the Hydro Corp. in Delaware.

Kelly was a member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church, various hunting organizations, and was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

An outdoorsman, Kelly lived to hunt, fish, and look for arrowheads. Every year Kelly would look forward to the annual Steven’s fishing excursion to Canada, or he could often be found fishing at “The Island” here in Morrow County. Also skilled with either a bow or rifle, he would rarely miss his target while hunting with collection of bows and rifles.

Always with his “little man,” Kelly’s pride and joy was his four year old son, Kelly. They would do everything together, even mow the lawn.

Despite being a perfectionist, when he was with his family and friends the room would often be filled with fun and laughter.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents and son; step-mother: Gladys Shipley of Mount Gilead; six brothers: Kevin (Diane) Shipley of Mount Gilead, Randy (Melissa) Shipley of Johnsville, Paul & Aaron Shipley both of Mansfield, Timothy Shipley of Grove City, and Kory Shipley of Mount Gilead; five sisters: Kim (George) Kern of Marysville, Kathy (Ron) Harris of Findlay, Kristi (Tim) Plotner of Cardington, Faith (Randy) Yausey of Marion, and Lisa Shipley of Hamilton; maternal grandmother: Claudia McLain of Mount Gilead; his wife: Christina Shipley of Cardington; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kelly was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather: Dale McLain; and by his paternal grandparents: Willard and Rachel Shipley.

The family will greet friends on Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main Street. Pastor Jeannie Winters will conduct a memorial service there on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kelly Shipley Scholarship Fund, for his son, and those donations may be sent to the funeral home.

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