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James Shippey

James Joseph Shippey

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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Ret. Sergeant First Class James Joseph Shippey, 86, of Alexandria and formerly of Saratoga Springs, NY passed away on November 3rd, 2020.
James was born on July 27th, 1934 in Albany, NY to his parents, Jesse Marie Maloney and Ward Shippey.
James joined the United States Army, serving during the later part of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was a POW from March 30, 1965 until July 31, 1968. He received five Purple Hearts for his heroic actions during his five tours, totaling nine years. James’s fifth purple heart was presented by Vice President Hubert Humphrey upon the USS Benewah. He retired after twenty-three and a third years on May 31st, 1976.
James moved to Florida and went on to work for Giant Furniture before working for the School District of Lee County as a handicapped bus driver for special needs children. He then became a CDL trainer for the State of Florida prior to retiring in 2004.
He was a member of the American Legion, Lifetime member of the VFW, Vietnam Helicopter Crew Members (VHCMA), Lifetime member of the Southern Thunder of Florida Chapter, and member of the Mobile Reverine (MPVA).
James married Diana Parker Brobst on July 31, 1987 in Cape Coral, FL at Church of God. Together they enjoyed boating, playing golf, dancing, camping and attending Veteran’s Reunions. He was an avid sports fan, especially the New York Yankees.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Diana; son John (Pat) Shippey of Saratoga Springs, NY; brother, Tom Lynch, of Saratoga Springs, NY. James is also survived by his grandson’s: Joshua and Jeremy Shippey and two great grandchildren Alanna Mae and Michael James Shippey all of Saratoga Springs, NY.
James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe Lynch and sister, Jayne Lynch.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. in Whetsel Funeral Service, Alexandria with Rev. Micheal Thompson as Celebrant. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Interment will follow in the Marion National Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Indiana Veterans Home, Alexandria Food Pantry, or the Summitville Food Pantry.
Bud and Susan Whetsel are honored to care for James and serve the Shippey family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Whetsel Funeral Service
    1503 S Park Ave
    ALEXANDRIA, IN 46001
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  • Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Friday, November 20, 2020 12:00pm
    Whetsel Funeral Service
    1503 S Park Ave
    ALEXANDRIA, IN 46001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Michael Thompson
  • Interment

    Friday, November 20, 2020 |
    Friday, November 20, 2020
    Marion Natioanl Cemetery
    East 38th Street
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