Paul F. Shipman
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Paul F. Shipman, 78, of Cincinnati, Iowa, formerly of Leechburg, died Saturday (Nov. 16, 2002) at Mercy Medical Center, Centerville, Iowa.

Born March 2, 1924, in Buckannon, W.Va., he graduated from Leechburg High School. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. Mr. Shipman was a spot welder and worked in the maintenance department at Young Radiator in Centerville, Iowa, for many years. He served as mayor Cincinnati, Iowa, for two terms, as well as several years on the city council. Mr. Shipman was a member of Cincinnati United Methodist Church, the fire department and Masons, all in Cincinnati, and the American Legion, Amvets and Veterans of Foreign Wars, all in Centerville. Survivors include five sons, Paul (Jeannine) Shipman Jr. of Dexter, Iowa, Mike (Orvella) Shipman of Centerville, Bruce (Charliene) Shipman of Unionville, Mo., Phillip (Donna) Shipman of Greenfield, Iowa, and Hilton Buzard of Columbus, Ohio; four daughters, Hazel Airgood of West Middlesex, Sandra Buzard of Cincinnati, Mrs. Bonnie (Russell) Thompson of Centerville, and Kim Shipman of Jefferson City, Mo.; 33 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; six brothers, Jim Shipman of Centerville, Gerald, William, Bernard and Jack Shipman, all of Leechburg, and Todd Shipman of West Virginia; and a sister, JoAnn Grimm of Centerville. Mr. Shipman was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Shipman, on April 19, 2002; a son, Billy Shipman; three grandchildren; his parents, Harold and Felecia Hughes Shipman; a brother, Eugene Shipman; and sisters, Patricia Flaherty and Nancy Shipman. Funeral services will be today in Centerville, Iowa, will full military honors being accorded by Centerville's American Legion, AmVets and Veteans of Foregin Wars. The family suggests memorial contribuitons be made to the American Legion or the United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Iowa.

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Nov. 19, 2002.