GREENVILLE - Arthur "Sonny" Shipp, 79, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Oct. 27, 2012, at 10:10 a.m. at the Brethren Retirement Community.
He was born Feb. 22, 1933, in Princeton, Ill., the son of the late Arthur and Selma (Nordstrom) Shipp.
He married Mary Beachy on March 5, 1960, in Creston, Ohio. He worked for Gene Reigle for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Sheryl (Tom) Ailes, Robin (Bob) Grice; sons: Eric Shipp, Shawn (Kristen) Shipp; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters: JoAnne Johnson of Sheffield, Illinois, and Dorothy Dutcher of Battle Creek, Mich.; and numerous nieces & nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; half-brothers: Roger Pierson, Ray Pierson, Richard Pierson; brother, Gordon Shipp; sister, Marge Corman; grandson, Jeff Spille.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.
There will be no visitation. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Brethren Retirement Community, State of the Heart Hospice, or the Darke County Harness Horseman Association. Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com