Dale Shipley

08/08/1925 - 10/13/2017

Obituary for Dale Shipley

Dale Shipley, 92, of Perry, IA

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Perry. Burial with military honors will be held at Violet Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home. Dale passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Dallas County Hospital.

Dale was born August 8, 1925 the son of Claude and Lillian (Johnson) Shipley in rural Minburn, Iowa. He grew up in the Minburn and Perry area and graduated from Perry High School. He served his country in the United States Navy from November 24, 1943 until his Honorable Discharge May 3, 1946. Dale married Vernas L. Johns on July 8, 1949 at the First Christian Church in Perry, Iowa.

Dale spent his whole life living and working in Perry. He owned and operated Loucks Auto Body Shop until his retirement. He was proud to have been the one to paint the caboose at the corner of First Ave and Willis. He spent countless hours gardening and loved sharing his produce with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed traveling with Vernas, especially to his navy ship reunions. They loved to entertain and played many matches of couple’s bridge. Back in the day, having coffee with his coffee gang was not something he wanted to miss. Dale loved spending time with his grandson watching him grow up. He was a member of the American Legion and was a devoted church member when his health still allowed.

Survivors include one son Doug Shipley of Perry, IA; one daughter Janette (Steve) Peer of West Des Moines, IA; one grandson Christopher (Elisabeth) Spring of West Des Moines, IA; one brother Harold (Leota) Shipley of West Minster, CO.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, wife Vernas on April 20, 2014; two brothers and one sister.

Memorials may be left in his name at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, IA.

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