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home : obituaries : obituaries July 28, 2017

7/8/2017 5:00:00 AM
Stuart Milton 'Stu' Shippy
Dec. 23, 1932 - July 5, 2017
Stuart Shippy
Stuart Shippy

Mr. Stuart Milton "Stu" Shippy, 84, Rochester, passed away at 1:49 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at his residence.

On Dec. 23, 1932, Stuart was born in Kendallville. He was the treasured son of Emmett and Mildred Johnson Shippy. Growing up, he shared his childhood with four sisters. In 1950, he graduated from New Carlisle High School among the top 10 academically. Patriotism beckoned, and Stuart answered the call, serving with the United States Navy for a four-year stint. His service was during the Korean War.

In Elkhart on Feb. 26, 1959, Stuart married the love of his life, Janet Sue Leazenby. They shared 58 years of life's adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, three daughters and a son. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish the memory of Stuart are his wife, Janet; three daughters, Brenda Hughes, Debra Schaffer, and Candace K. Patton and husband Bobby, all of Rochester; a son, Brian D. Shippy and wife Pamela, Rochester; 13 grandchildren, James David Hughes and wife Autumn, Lindsey Randall and husband Terry, Jason Brown and wife Sabrina, Travis Nicklaus and wife Cassandra, Jessica Beatty and husband Logan, Morgan Strunk and husband William, Tara Zimmerman and husband Aaron, Britney Flory and husband Nathan, Brandon Shippy and wife Staci, Bobby Lee Patton II and wife Darci, Amanda Sue Patton, Jonathan Stuart Patton, and Kyle Lee Jackson; 25 great-grandchildren, Krystal, Shayde, Rosalie, Alexander, Elizabeth, Briana, Cadence, Paitynn, Roman, Emma, Riley, Ciara, twins Hayden and Hunter, born on their great-grandpa's birthday, Ava, Athena, Aaden, Kendall, Brayson, Kinley, Caedra, Zhayden, Haisley, Makenna, and Wyatt; three sisters, Janis Swank and husband Don, Kendallville, Betty Chapman and husband Jerry, New Carlisle, and Susan Walters and husband Ed, South Bend; best friends Naomi and Leon Milcherska; and several nieces and nephews.

Stuart was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patricia Wolff, in 2016; and close friends, Tom Ness, Russell Nickerson and George Jergowski.

A celebration of the life of Stuart M. Shippy will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Chaplain Jason See will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honors Team. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Lakeview Cemetery, Kendallville. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016. To read more about Stuart's life, or to send electronic expressions of sympathy,go to

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Article comment by: Melody Smith

Thoughts and prayers are with you Brian and Pam.

Posted: Saturday, July 8, 2017
Article comment by: Terry Townsend

My condolences to you and your family Brian.
May he rest in heaven.

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