Lee Albert "Buster" Shipman (1937 - 2015)

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Lee Albert "Buster" Shipman, 96, Caledonia, and most recently a tenant at Elk Towers in St. Marys, passed from this life and entered the Kingdom of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.
He was born June 4, 1919, at his parents' (William Albert Shipman and Freda Huff) home in Caledonia. Lee was one of seven children, and the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Lee was married Oct. 9, 1937, to the former Florence M. Ingram, and she preceded him in death Dec. 26, 1994.
Lee served his country with distinction with the United States Army during World War II as a Rifleman with Company B, 6th Armored Infantry Battalion. As a member of the Armored Division, Lee participated in two major battles in the European African Middle Eastern Campaign, earning two Bronze Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
After returning home from the war, Lee continued employment as a carpenter, with Stackpole Carbon Company in St. Marys, where he enjoyed 44 years of employment before retiring in 1981.
Lee was a member of the Caledonia United Methodist Church, Bennetts Valley Senior Center, Bennetts Valley American Legion Post 978 and the Masonic Lodge No. 532 in Driftwood.
He is survived by one son, Robert L. Shipman, and his wife Patricia, of Ladson, S.C. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Terri Cyphert (Rod) of Leeper, Robert Shipman of Ladson, S.C., Paula Mahoney of Erie, William Shipman (Penny) of Belmont, N.Y., Denise Lawson of Ladson, S.C., and Douglas Corbin (Lorie) of Sheffield. He is also survived by a son-in-law, Denis Corbin of Clarion, formerly of Marienville.
Also surviving are 18 great-grandchildren: Courtney, Christian, Ashley, Robbie, Caitlyn, DJ, Chad, CaSandra, Kaitlynn, CheyAnn, Cynthia, Callin, Jaslynn, CayLeigh, David, Dustin, Kyle and Hayley; and seven great-great grandchildren: Grayson, Austin, Isabel, Addison, Bronson, Emma and Hunter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, his wife, brothers, William and Elwood, sisters: Mae Wendel, June Florio and Annabelle Feiley, Lee was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Lou Corbin.
Lee was a wonderful man and will be missed by his family, friends and "his girls" from the Elk Towers.
Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at the Ralph M. Geer Funeral Home in Penfield, with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth Sherwood.
Immediately following the funeral service, The American Legion Post 978 Burial Detail will honor their fallen comrade with full military honors.
Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Jay Township, Elk County.
The family will be accepting condolences at www.nedzafamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Ralph M Geer Funeral Home
12045 Bennetts Valley Hwy
Penfield, PA 15849
(814) 637-5401
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Published in The Courier Express from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29, 2015
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