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Donald Homer Shipley

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XENIA Donald Homer Shipley, 98, of Xenia, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Legacy Village, Xenia. He was born June 18, 1914, in Montgomery County, Ohio, the son of Elmer and Paradine Baker Shipley. He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church and retired from D.P. & L. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale (Eloise) Shipley, Tampa, FL and Richard "Dick" (Kathy) Shipley, San Antonio, TX, two grandchildren, Donald (Deborah) Shipley, St. Petersburg, FL, and Eric (Samantha) Shipley, Monument, CO, four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Scott, Mitchell, and Avery, by several nieces and nephews, and by many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Frances (Schindler) on August 7, 2010, by six sisters and by three brothers. Don Shipley was born and raised on a small farm in Montgomery County, Ohio, the youngest of 10 children. He learned to farm with horse drawn implements and helped to support his mother and siblings during the Great Depression. He attended a one room rural public school and graduated from North Hampton High School where he excelled in track, setting the Clark County record for the pole vault. He served as a student bus driver - a testament to his dependability and maturity. After a stint with Ohio Edison, Don was hired by the Dayton Power and Light Company and transferred to Xenia where he served for the next 40 years. He started as a lineman, became a crew foreman, and was ultimately promoted to District Electric Supervisor where he provided oversight for all electrical issues within the Xenia District. As a tribute to his knowledge, professionalism, and leadership qualities, he was given sole authority by the company to address any and all issues relating to the restoration of power following the 1974 Xenia tornado. Over the period of several months, over 300 crews from all over the country reported to Don for work assignments regarding the rebuilding of the district's infrastructure. Throughout his life, Don was a superb, competitive athlete. Besides his high school accomplishments, he was named to the Xenia fast pitch softball All Star Team. He was still sliding into second base well into his 50's. Don retired from DP&L at the age of 62 and took up the game of golf, a game that would later define his competitive spirit and serve as a role model to the many fellow golfers he would touch throughout the next 35 years. Don scored three holes-in-one in his golf career, the last one coming in June, 2011 at the age of 97. He was recently inducted into the Majestic Springs Golf Course Senior Hall of Fame, an honor he richly deserved and cherished. More than forty fellow senior golfers turned out for the ceremony and to pay tribute to a friend and mentor. Don and his family became faithful members of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in the mid 40's. While Francie directed the choir, Don served as Sunday School Superintendent, then treasurer, and later trustee. In 1952, Don built his family a home, by hand, on Ormsby Drive and was also a major contributor to the construction of the parsonage for the EUM Church. Don was very proud that his two sons attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and subsequently served full and successful careers in the US Army that, when combined, totaled 58 years of service. Throughout his sons' careers, Don and Francie were able to see the world from Europe to Panama to Hawaii and throughout the United States. Don enjoyed playing many famous and beautiful golf courses with his sons and their friends!Don moved to Legacy Village in September 2012. He cultivated remarkable friendships in a short period of time, again providing inspiration, humor, and friendship to all those around him - fellow residents and staff. In every important facet of life, Don was a role model, a loving husband and father, a leader, and an inspiration to all with whom he came in contact. Visitation will be held from 6-8pm Tuesday at Neeld Funeral Home, 1276 N. Detroit St., Xenia. Services will be held at 10am Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the funeral home with Rev. Tom Hite officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia. Contributions may be made to the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 195 W. Third St., Xenia, OH, 45385, or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH, 45420. Condolences may be made to the family at www.NeeldFuneralHome.com.
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