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Gordon 'Gordie' L. Shippen
Jan 8, 2013 - Staff
Gordon "Gordie" L. Shippen died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Wind River Health Care. He was 95 years old.
A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church of Riverton with food and drinks to follow at St. Margaret's School gym. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Dubois Cemetery.
Gordon L. Shippen was born May 23, 1917, in Dubois, the son of Gordon and Mae Shippen.
He attended school in Dubois, Burris, Lincoln, Neb., and Lander.
In his early years he worked on the family ranch and in the timber business with his father. He also spent a lot of time "chasing horses" for his granddad Grant Nipper. He also worked for the Forest Service on trails.
He enlisted in World War II on Nov. 17, 1941, in the U.S. Marine Corp. He participated in action against the Japanese at Guadalcanal, Batio Island, Tarawa and Gilbert Islands. He was also in Samoa, New Zealand and Hawaii. He contracted malaria in Tarawa and was shipped to Hawaii and hospitalized there. Later he was sent to Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was discharged Oct. 29, 1945.
He met Mary Sinden at a dance while he was stationed in New Zealand. They married June 21, 1943, in Napier, New Zealand.
After the war, the couple moved from Camp Lejeune to Dubois, where they ranched. Mr. Shippen also worked for Fremont County Roads operating equipment. Throughout his life he worked on ranches, operated equipment and hauled logs, ties and lumber.
The couple raised five boys in Fremont County. They later divorced, and Mr. Shippen moved to the Kaycee and Buffalo area where he was remarried to Joan Margaret Burgess.
The family said he enjoyed horses, rock collecting, studying Indian culture and geology. He liked drawing, painting, leather work and wood carving. He rode saddle broncs when he was young and later enjoyed watching rodeo. He enjoyed skiing and was a member of the Dubois Ski Club.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic faith.
He is survived by his second wife, Joan of Buffalo; sons Paul and his wife Deedee, Gerald and his wife Donna, Grant, Joe and Robert of Riverton; granddaughters Audra, Stephanie of San Leandro, Calif., Katie of Cody and Dorothy of Cody; and great-granddaughter Carissa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Margaret's School in Riverton.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.