Richard Shipley

April 9, 1934 ~ August 14, 2021 (age 87)


Richard Shipley, 87, of Tolono passed away at 6:00 PM Saturday, August 14, 2021 at home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00AM, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign with Rev. Ron Strack officiating.  Burial will be at Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Freese Funeral Home, Tolono is assisting with arrangements.

Mr. Shipley was born April 9, 1934 in Villa Grove to Earl and Arlene Cook Shipley.  He married Ilene Wright on April 17, 1953 in Urbana, she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters; April Schweitzer of Champaign and Cathy Blakeney of Danville, a son Kevin (Karen) Shipley of Philo, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and two brothers; Tom (Linda) Shipley of Tolono and Steve Shipley of Savoy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother; Dave Shipley.

Mr. Shipley was a member of Meadowbrook Community Church, Champaign.  He retired from University of Illinois in the Civil Engineering Department in 1991 after 34 years.  He was a Tolono Police Officer and was on the Tolono Fire Department.  He enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting and fishing.

Memorials may be made to Meadowbrook Community Church.

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August 24, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Meadowbrook Community Church (Champaign)

Funeral Service
August 24, 2021

11:00 AM
Meadowbrook Community Church (Champaign)

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