• Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home
    Marysville, WA
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
James Curtis Shipman 1941 - 2013
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Monday, November 18, 2013
Jim and I shared a common interest in history as well as an interest in helping families deal with grief. Our prayers go with all of you who have a huge empty spot in your hearts and around your tables this Thanksgiving season.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I am happy that Jerry, Brenda, Dennis and I came to a Ingles family reunion
and met family members. Remember Jim and his family. Jim and I are the same age only I was born in March.
God Bless you and your family at this very sad time.
Jerry and Janet Loney
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Was sad to see that Jim had passed, but happy to know he is with God now. I knew Jim as a fellow firefighter at the Marysville Fire Dept where I learned of his great sense of humor, in later years I learned of his great sense of professionalism in the funeral business as members of my family and friends passed. Jim will be missed in the Marysville Community. Condolences to Jan and family.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The world is a better place because it was blessed by such a precious soul.
Love and prayers,
Richard and Sylvia Shipman
Monday, November 11, 2013
As a Tulalip Tribal elder I wish to offer my condolences to the family. This man was truly an inspiration to the tribal members as he was always there for us in the time of need and went out of his way to console anyone no matter who they were and we shall forever appreciate his kindness. My sister Uppy was the cook for all of the funerals and he would always go in and thank the cooks for the food they prepared. What a wonderful man he was and there has never been anyone like him and we truly missed him when he retired.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Jim Shipman, a friend, and fellow minister to the bereaved along with clergy, was one of the few people I know who continued to learn and grow the longer he lived. He was fun, funny, and silly sometimes, but with all that he was a very serious man, dedicated to a life of service and love. A lot of people refer to the"love of my life", however in Jim's case that was totally and absolutely true. I am pretty sure he could not have achieved all he did without Jan's balance and common sense, and constant support. She didn't mince words with some of Jim's words or actions, and yet she never stopped being always at his side. It goes without saying that Angie, James, Davis, Katie, and Lily were the apples of his eye. His extended family was also extremely dear to him. This was a remarkable man and we will miss him sorely. And will give thanks for having been a friend for over 30 years.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Rest in peace.
Monday, November 11, 2013
A man of integrity, compassion, humor and strength, Jim will sorely be missed by all who knew, loved and respected him. May you take comfort in his memory, legacy and the respect he earned from his family, friends and everyone whose life he touched. We are proud be in those legions that knew, respected, trusted him and enjoyed his spirit. Jim will always be with us in our hearts.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I was a young nurse when I met Jim, He was caring and helping with me as he came to Maddiline villa to get the residents that had passed.And then later other places I worked in the Marysville area. He knew at first I was nervous and knew the right things to make me feel better. Later in years he helped with my friends son,husband and then my friend. He later helped with other friends of me in the time of need. He was very compassionate and caring. He knew we both had quick wit and humor. He once asked me what my wishes were, when I told him a funny response, he said really?? I said sure why not, then I smiled and he laughed and almost fell off his chair, then back to the business at hand we needed to take care of..I am sorry to hear of the passing of a wonderful man. I am sorry Jan and family you have lost your loved one. Cherish your memories and God be with you now and in the future.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Know that your entire family & friends are in our thoughts and prayers of comfort.

My friend and colleague Jimmy Shipman: A very genuine, caring and passionate human being. I had the privilege to work along side Jimmy Shipman for many years. I often marveled at his compassion and integrity while he always focused on serving others.

"Although it's difficult for us today to see beyond the sorrow, may all looking back in our memory help comfort us tomorrow"
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Jim, you will be greatly missed. You gave your heart to everyone you meet. I first meet you when I was young. You worked with my father at the Marysville Fire Department. You when then for me when my mother-in-law passed away in March 2013. Thank you for your kindness when it was needed. God bless your family. You will not be forgotten.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Jan and Family,
We will miss Jim's humor and honesty. He will remain in our thoughts forever. Our Prayers for all of the Shipman Family to help you find some peace of mind that Jim is now with our Lord.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Jan, Angie and Jim,
I can't find the words to express what sorrow I am feeling. At the time I lost Roger, Jim was there immediately. I drew great strength from how he took care of the details, his words of comfort and the love I saw that he had for his friend. I now draw some comfort from the thinking about the reunion with all "his cronies"... heaven is even a more wonderful place with Jim there. Jan, you have been a wonderful friend through the years and now it is my turn to comfort you. You and the kids are in my prayers and in my heart. Please know that I am here for you, always.
Judy
Friday, November 08, 2013
Jan and family, I was sorry to read of Jim's passing, I have fond memories of babysitting for your family in Long Beach.
Warmly, Nancy Heckard Krause
Friday, November 08, 2013
Shipman Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. We all have a special place in our hearts for his kindness during our own losses. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. He was a very kind man with a beautiful heart.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Jan , Ang, James
We are all sad about Jim's passing . We also enjoyed him and he will be missed.
We love you all
Friday, November 08, 2013
Dear Janice and Family

I send my deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family at this very difficult time.
Friday, November 08, 2013
My deepest gratitude for the care he always gave, for our families and especially my son, nephew, grandpa, father in law and many family funerals <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 sending my prayers, love, and you're in my thoughts
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I was very saddened when I received the news about Jim's passing. It takes a special person to serve as Jim did. Jim was that special person; a perfect blend of professionalism combined with such a personable gentle approach. It was a pleasure knowing him, watching him, learning from him. My sincere thank you to the Shipman family for sharing him, for supporting him, for giving him to us in our time of need. Cy Hatch, Tulalip.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Jim was a neighbor on Alpha Prairie many years ago. Our thoughts are with his family - from Opal Lester and Julie and Dennis Olsen
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Jim was kind he would leave a xmass card for the paperboy (me) and then was a teacher to me at the fire dept. He was at leader at so many things in Marysville. Great smile allways a hug or hand shake. RIP Captain
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I first knew Jim in 1981 when he needed assistance with his service folders for the funeral home. I worked for a printing company in Everett at the time. As time went on he asked me to assist with other aspects of funeral service at Shaefer Shipman Funeral Home. It has now been over 30 memorable years of working with Jim in Marysville and with the Tulalip Tribe. What a mentor and friend Jim has been over the years. We will miss you Jim and will be praying for you, Janice and your entire family. We love you!
Ed & Kathy O'Malley
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I had the honor to work with Jim in the Alderwoods Group. He was a Great Boss and Mentor. I always appreciated his sense of humor and philolsophy. He was one of "The Best"
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Jim was a special man working in a field which required his many gifts. We will never forget the time he offered comfort to our daughter with his great sense of humor. Brandi was a young women dying of brain cancer when the Shipman's, Wrights, and Merritt's decided to take her to the dog races in Coeur d' Alene. Brandi wasn't altogether with it because of her treatment and was quietly sitting at our table. Jim sensing he needed to lift her spirits says, "Hey, Brandi do you see that dog out there doing his business?" Of course Brandi replied, "yes". Well, Jim said, "He is going to be lighter now, so let's go bet on him." Our Miss Brandi who was 23 at the time started to laugh and enjoyed the rest of the evening beyond what she thought possible. Jim's sense of humanity and love of people plus gift of gab moved him right through those glistening gates when he met St. Peter the other day. We will miss him but surely never forget him. God's speed our friend.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a nice man and a wonderful funeral director. I enjoyed talking with him several times about our common roots and living in good old Onalaska. My thoughts are with your family .
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Jim was a great person who cared a lot for his community. The way he worked with and consoled the families of the deceased was wonderful. The years of service he volunteered working for the Marysville Fire Department also helped to show his commitment to our community. My parents were ministers and greatly appreatiated the help that Jin and his staff always provided for funeral services and the friendships they developed with each other over the years. Jim will be greatly missed by the people of his community. My condolenses to his family and I thank them for allowing Jim to serve our community for so long. I know Jim was a God loving man and know that he is in a far greater place now.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
A magnificent friend when this heart was grieving.

I am so grateful for the wonderful blessing God bestowed on this earth.

Our prayer is that each and every one of the family will be blessed in a mighty way with comfort and love at all times.

A prayer for our brother---from a veteran of the Marine Corps:

Go now brother and touch the face of God with all of our love.

Your smile and love will be in our hearts and minds for the rest of our days.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Our thoughts and prayer go out to all of you at this time . It takes a special person to do the work that Jim did,helping families thru some the most difficult times. Jim did that with true love ,care ,and compassion. Having worked with Jim and receiving Jim's services at our times of loss ,I have witnessed it over and over again. It was not a job for him but a way of giving back. We all cherish the memories we are left with. To meet Jim was to become his friend and and I am proud to say he was my friend for we had met many times thru the years
So on behalf of all of the GOBIN family and as a Tulalip Tribal Council member and a friend we thank you for sharing him with all of us and pray God will continue to carry you thru this time.
Glen and Karen Gobin
Thursday, November 07, 2013
With out a doubt, Jim was one of the finest men I knew. I will never forget our time working together in the Loewen Group management team. Jim's sense of humor could cause uncontrollable laughter. Being around Jim simply made you feel good. There was a time when returning from management meetings in Canada I came down with the flu. We had car pooled back to Jim and Jan's home. I was too sick to drive home to Olympia and was going to look for a hotel nearby. Jim and Jan insisted I stay with them.They nursed me back to health and I was so grateful. Jim was a true funeral director. He possessed the tools to serve to others in the most caring and professional way. I'm so thankful to have known him. You will be missed my friend.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Jim passing, I've had the pleasure of knowing Jim through working with him thru the Tulalip Tribes I had worked very closely With Jim and the Funeral home for the last 8+ yrs I had worked with the Tulalip Tribes Custodian Crew. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him, I will diffently miss his great big hugs he always gave me and just his contagious smile, Jim was & is A great Man!! My deepest condolences to his Family and also to the family at the funeral home. God has gained a beautiful Angel!!! I'm trying to write this and having a very hard time, he was very good to me when we worked together burying our loved ones, He understood our ways and how things worked for our Tribal people. Jim You will be missed very much by me I'm going to miss your hugs like I've already said but I'm just very sad but in the same sentence happy that he feels no more pain love and miss you Jim MUAH
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Thank you Jim for showing so much love, kindness, and respect to our community in our time of need. We appreciated how well you took care of our loved ones as we were sending them on their last journey. Please say hello to all our people in heaven with you. t'igwicid -thank you for being such a loving man. Sending many prayers and hugs to your family.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
God honored your love & strong desire, to complete your "bucket list", to help Jan, Angie and James, when you journeyed on. We were blessed to experience many facets of Jim Shipman from silly to serious, fun loving to broken hearted. Always available to wipe away tears and re-assure with strong hands and loving heart. I miss you already dear friend. I will always be here for Jan in this new challenge of life, with out you by her side.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I am really sorry to hear the lost of Mr. Shipman I have known if for a very long time and he will be miss and god. Is with him and all of your family he was a good man
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Uncle Jim was my closest Uncle on my mothers side (Myrtle Uden) , I visited them several times over the years. I have many great memories with Uncle Jim and Aunt Janice and will always love and cherish them.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
On behalf of the Cliff Gregory family, our hearts go out to you. Jim was such a wonderful friend. The love he always show to our dad will always be remembered. God bless you Jim and to the Shipman family. Mary Jane Gregory Hayes.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Sending my prayers and strength to Jim's family. As a Tulalip Tribal Member, I had the comfort of knowing Jim and others were in care of our loved ones during our times of loss. In his last year of working, I had the joys of hearing Jim share stories of my family members who had passed on. He would tell me of family members I was too young to meet and share stories of those who were closest to me and his memories of knowing them. Heaven has gained an Angel and his gentle loving heart will live on through many.
To his family, thank you for sharing him with us and all the other families he was so caring towards. He has a special place in my heart.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Jim was a true gentleman and friend. He always had a way with words and those special sayings we call "Shipman-isms". Jim truly loved funeral service and serving his community. Jim taught me a lot during the wonderful years that we worked together. I will truly miss you my friend.

Shawn
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Our community has lost a great man, a friend, and a leader. Miss you Captain Shipman.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Our deepest condolences go out to you as a family. I share many special memories of Jim and Jan over the years we lived in Marysville. Jan dear, you will both be remembered in my mind as one unit, a completed circle of love and respect. No words of mortals can erase the pain of loss, but lean to your understanding of heaven and you will know that Jim has simply gone before you to check out the accommodations. You will be in our prayers now as you face a new and different life ahead.

Pat and Gary Olsen
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Angie & James, our hearts are broken for you and your family at the loss of your Dad, who was such an amazing man. You are in our prayers at this difficult time. Love & hugs.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Sorry to hear of the passing of Jim - my sister Carolyn was the cook at Tulalip for a lot of years us sisters and her nieces use to help her and he would always come in and thank her for the food she cooked. My sister (now deceased)and of course all of us really appreciated all that he did for us here at Tulalip. He had a hard and very trying job dealing with grieving people. He will truly be missed by us Tulalip people. I am going to send his obituary thru our tribal e-mail so our tribal members will know of his passing. Take care - and try to remember that you will always have the great memories you shared with him
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Jan,
My family sends our thoughts and prayers. May God's Peace be with you and yours.
Barbara Lyman
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Oh My Dear Cousin...Where To Begin...If Only I Could Really Talk To You, U Would Know How Much I Love U N Will Miss U But U Can Be With Ur Parents N Mine....I Will Always Have U In My Heart.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Jim will truly be missed but for ever be in my heart. Jim and Jan have ways been so supportive and loving to me my entire life. I admire the love and compassion they have for each other. They are my mentors in life. Love you both so much. I hope Jan you and the kids can find piece knowing Jim is no longer suffering. Your loving niece.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Angie, my deepest condolences and prayers are with you & yours.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Sorry to hear the loss of Jim, a special person to our family. When we lost our son Ronald he was so kind and understanding of our probelms and corrected all items. A great person was lost in Jim, kind,thoughtful and understanding. May God Bless your family in the loss of (husband/father and brother. I will miss talking to him at Evergreen cemetery. May God Bless you Jim.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Jan , I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you often and our fun days in Soroptimist. May peace be with you and your family
Betsy Huse
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jim was a wonderful person and we enjoyed spending time with he and Jan, when they visited my parents and my family in California. Jim will be truly missed.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
What a man..all I can say. My Dad was a volunter fireman with Jim. He always had a smile, never failed to ask about my Dad, and was such a compassionate man. The Marysville community has lost a great citizen.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Jan and Family, I am so sorry that I will be unable to attend the services for Jim. Many years and many good memories with both of you.

Bill
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
My dearest friend I will miss your kind heart, your love of service to grieving families, your delightful disposition on life, your brilliance of funeral service, your never ending love of sitting with me at the tables or the one armed bandits and most of all our conversations from across the country. I love you Jim Shipman with all my heart! My heart aches but laughes at the same time as I know you are in His arms having a great time. RIP my friend ~ SBMF
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