Merrell Shipman 73, of St. Joseph passed away at 3:10 A.M. Monday May 10, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family and beloved cat Tiger.
Visitation will be held Friday May 14, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave. St. Joseph, IL. Masonic services will be held at 7;00 P.M.
Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Merrell was born January 25, 1948 at Danville. The son of George H. and Thelma (Miller) Shipman.
He is survived by his former wife Irma Shipman of Urbana. Son Chris(Stacey) Shipman of Urbana. Daughter Michelle Powell-Johnson of Overland Park, KS. Six grandchildren; Katie Wygant, Marissa Lewis, Jocelyn Shipman, Mackenzie Leece, Brooklyn Shipmman, Brayden Shipman. Cousin Sonna Ellis. Several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harry G. Shipman, two sisters Karol J. Hearell and Sharon K. Shipman.
Merrell retired from the University of Illinois after 29 years in the Transportation Department. He belonged to the Teamsters Local 26.
Merrell was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1973. He also served in Vietnam.
He was a graduate of Oakwood High School Class of 1966. Member of Anchor Masonic Lodge 980. He was also an avid Illini Fan following the football to many Bowl Games and basketball teams to many tournaments.
Memorials may be made to Harbor Light Hospice.