Wendell E. Shipley

September 05, 1940 ‒ April 03, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Wendell Shipley focused much of his time and energy on changing lives for Christ.  Through mission’s, service to his church, and giving countless hours in assisting family, friends, and even strangers, Wendell lived his faith each day.  No longer bound by his earthly body, Wendell E. Shipley, 77, of Mansfield passed away Tuesday morning, April 3, 2018.

The son of Willard and Rachel (Seymour) Shipley, Wendell was born September 5, 1940 in Fredericktown and graduated from Chesterville High School.  From 1963-1969 Wendell served in the Ohio National Guard.

Wendell earned his degree in electrical engineering from North Central State College.  He worked as an Electrical Maintenance Supervisor for HPM, Westinghouse, and Quanex.  Later Wendell worked as a Diversified Industrial Trainer for Pioneer and Gorman Rupp.

Wendell’s life’s passion was in serving Christ and others.  A founding member of Partners In Christ (a missions organization serving the Dominican Republic) beginning in 1981, and for over 30 years, Wendell dedicated most of his vacations (sometimes 2 to 3 times each year) to missions trips to the Dominican.  His spiritual gift was acts of service, and his free time was spent volunteering to help family and friends.  A 46 year member of Ontario Free Methodist Church Wendell served as a delegate for the denomination.

A man who loved Christ, Wendell will be remembered for his sense of humor, love for family, and unconditional sacrifice.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Maxine Shipley of Mansfield; children Annette (Dan) Bragg of Xenia and James (Stephanie) Shipley of Mansfield; grandchildren Josiah (Jamie) Bragg, Isaiah (Ashley) Bragg, Noah (Melissa) Bragg, and Micah Bragg and his fiancée Leila Vanest; great grandson Isaiah Bragg, Jr.; siblings Eleanor Payne, Ethel Bower, Darwin Shipley, Charlotte Shipley, and Lawrence (Gladys) Shipley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Dora McWilliams.

The Shipley family will receive friends Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 am at Ontario Free Methodist Church, 2200 Bedford Road, Ontario, Ohio 44906 where his family will receive friends the hour prior.  Pastors Tony Viscioni and Fred Coisman will officiate and burial will follow in Windsor Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Partners in Christ may be made through the funeral home.

To view Wendell’s tribute video or to leave a message of condolence please visit:SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Dead ones, Heaven has gained a great soul. Can’t you just imagine that reunion with his Savior!!! Heartfelt prayers for all of you….Maxine, Annette, and Jim! Warm memories!

  • Dear Maxine and family, So sorry to hear of Wendall passing. He was a wonderful man. My heart breaks for you all. Prayers for comfort. Love, Deena Carr Maness

  • Dear Maxine and family, we rejoice in the truth that our beloved Wendell is in the presence of His savior where we all shall meet again gone day. In the meantime, we know that our good God will grant you peace in the fact that Wendell loved him and you. He will be missed dearly in our midst.

  • Dear, dear Maxine, and all of Wendell’s family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences following the death of your beloved Wendell. He influenced so many lives in his lifetime—including me when I was “just a kid” at Harmony Chapel. I have so many precious memories of him and you (Maxine) as church family members, MYF advisors, your children’s births—you were an important part of my church life when I was little. May God bless you and give you strength in the days ahead. Love, Laura (Brown) and Rick Pearce, Mt. Gilead

  • Charlotte, Ethel and families, so sorry for the passing of your loved one,
    Many blessings and prayers at this times of sorrow.

  • Dear Annette, Isaiah (Ashley) Bragg,
    My condolence and support for the entire family.
    Was a great man and will continue being in the heart of all who had the pleasure to meet him.
    Like many here you were an important part of my church life when I was little. God bless you and give you strength. Love , Shelly

  • Dear Maxine, Annette , Jim and families, It is with such great sorrow we learn of Wendelll’s passing. Heaven has truly gained a true and faithful servant. We know we cannot be sad for Wendell but sad for ourselves that he is no longer with us here. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all, Much Love, Mike and Marilyn Lamb

  • Dear Maxine and family, Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Wendell was a man who was loved and respected by all. What a beautiful legacy he left for his precious family. Our love to each one of you. Dave and Annie McQuate

  • Mrs. Shipley, Annette and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have such fond memories of “Papa” Shipley in the Dominican. Know that you are in my prayers.
    Missy (Wall) Gaston

    • So good to see your name. What a tough winter we have had, but God has been present. We are thankful that Dad can think and work in a way he again loves. His dementia was very harsh on him. Hope you are feeling well!

      Annette Bragg

  • We remember Wendell as one who demonstrated the heart of a servant. His ministry in the Dominican was blessed of God. His sense of humor and being a friend to all stands out in our spirit when we think of him. Our prayers are with you.
    Bud and Carole Schindler

  • I had the privilege of working with Wendell at both Quanex and Pioneer. He was a very special man. I loved his sense of humor and his caring attitude. My prayers are with his family. Peace. Mary Lee (Hannafus, Hopkins) Barr

  • Dear Maxine and family. I worked with Wendell at Pioneer for a number of years. He was such a special person. It was always a pleasure to see him come in the door. Always smiling and happy. He surely is happy now.

  • Don and I are saddened by the news of the passing of Wendell! He was a very special person with a huge heart and personality! I know Wendell is in heaven smiling down on all of us with a smile that was so unique to him! Maxine, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Don and Glenna (Cannon) Plotts

  • I will not refer to Wendell as was. He lives on in all of our hearts and minds.
    Wendell is the finest man and Christ follower I have ever known.
    I am truly, truly blessed to have known him and worked with him.
    Oh that I might be half the man that Wendell Shipley is.

  • Dear Maxine and family, I am so sorry to hear about Wendell. I worked with him in Adult Education at Pioneer Career & Technology Center. He always kept us laughing but it was most evident of his love for his Lord and Savior. He is with Jesus now and we will see him again. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. In Christian Love, Ann Cooper

  • Maxine and family, Wendell was a wonderful father,servant ant friend for the 50 years we have known him. We first meet working with him through Carl in the many MCS projects. Partners in Christ as founders together keep us working together with our work in the Dominican Republic. We have fond memories of many times together enjoying his humor along with playing Mexican Train. Our Love and prayers. Jim and Barb Rosser.

  • Maxine, Annette and Jimmy,
    What a pleasure to be neighbors and friends while the kids were growing up. Many fond memories of evening walks/bike rides, swimming, picnics, and just spending time together. It helps to know that Wendell and family are still surrounded by love and will always be a family in Christ. Blessings to your and your entire family.

    Lowell & Karen Mitchell

  • Wendell was truly a loving and generous soul who had a positive influence on everyone he met. I consider myself lucky to have known him during my formative years growing up next door to him. When I was about 12 years old, I especially remember one thing I learned from Wendell that has stayed with me my entire life.

    Annette and I were organizing a neighborhood carnival for muscular dystrophy. We were going to local businesses for donations to give as prizes. One woman we encountered was particularly nasty and the encounter left me angry and bitter. I remember Wendell telling me that a person like that deserved our love and compassion. If we felt so badly after just two minutes of being with that person, imagine what they must feel like having to live with themselves 24/7. Such a person may benefit from experiencing kindness and love rather than anger and bitterness. I have thought about this perspective a great deal throughout my life and have tried to live up to his example. I have also tried to pass this lesson along to my own children as well.

    I’m sure all who had contact with Wendell have similar stories of how he has blessed their lives. I am truly grateful Wendell, Maxine, Annette, and Jim were such a big part of my youth.

    Maxine, Annette, and Jim, I share your loss and hope you find comfort in what a great inspiration Wendell was and continues to be to those who knew him. His memory will continue to inspire all of us.

  • Maxine, Annette & Jimmy
    Although it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen each other, I was very sad to hear about Wendell. I remember with fondness the family get-togethers at your parents house. Wendell always made me laugh and he brought fun to all of the events. May God bring you comfort in this difficult time. 2 Cor. 1:3,4

  • Dear Maxine,

    I’m sorry to hear of Wendell’s passing ,our prayers are with you.

    Verlton &Becky

  • Dear Maxine and family, I offer sympathy in the passing of Wendell, with whom I was blessed to serve at Pioneer. He was a man of integrity as he held fast to his faith. His smile and enthusiasm was his treasured gift.

  • I had the privilege of spending quality time with Wendell while teaching at MCHS from 1971 to 1982. We attended many soccer games to support our participating children both at home and away. Our daughters were classmates and cheer leaders and were also involved in many academic activities. We had our closest association as we both served in the Dominican Republic under several Partners in Christ projects. I think of Wendell as a model of Christian servanthood.

  • Precious ones,
    We had the opportunity and joy to work with Wendell in the Dominican Republic as did our children through Dayton Christian Schools Indeed his sense of humor helped with all age groups through some hot days and many projects. His hard work ethic was so apparent too.
    Ron & Caroline Holsinger send our sympathy. We just received this information and will share with our children Brian & Eva, H. Mark & Jen H , Joell & Natalie. H. and Caren & Rob Barnes. They sure appreciated him too! Miriam Brian Jarrels sent this to us. Wendell certainly showed the joy of the LORD was his strength.
    GOD Bless each one!! 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 46:1

  • We are saddened to hear the passing of Wendell. He was a great man who loved his lord and family. He touched many lives in the service of his Lord. We all will miss him, but know he is in the hands of his lord that he loves.