Wendell E. Shipley
September 05, 1940 ‒ April 03, 2018
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.
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