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Russell L. Shipley

April 21, 1920 - May 4, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Russell L. Russ Shipley, 89, of Springfield died at 2:55 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born April 21, 1920, in Springfield, the son of William and Elizabeth Edson Shipley. He married Blossom I. Bubbles Best on April 12, 1980. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and first wife, Ruby.

Mr. Shipley was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He retired as a foreman for R.B. Evans. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of Carpenter Local 16 for over 50 years and a former member of P.O.L.K. of A.

Surviving are his wife, Blossom I. Bubbles Shipley of Springfield; daughter, Lana (husband, Stanley) Lederbrand of Pawnee; two sons, David (wife, Tarra) Strawn and Lynn (wife, Madonna) Strawn, both of Pawnee; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a niece; and a nephew.

Private services will be held. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.

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