MOUNT VERNON — James C. Shipley, 79, of Mount Vernon, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Knox Community Hospital. He was born May 27, 1939, in Mount Vernon, the son of Kenneth and Leota Mae (Deakins) Shipley. Jim was a 1958 graduate of Fredericktown High School.

Jim was a family farmer first, but he later served as a representative for Pioneer Seed before establishing Shipley Seed Service with his family for over 42 years. He also served as the Mount Vernon city treasurer for over 10 years, was a representative for MoorMan’s in Illinois and retired in 2001 after 15 years of employment with Mount Vernon Farmers Exchange.

Jim was also active in his community, either serving on various boards or volunteering his time to organizations and functions. He served on the Knox County Fair Board for over 40 years, 100 percent 4-H club for over 28 years, was a co-founder and charter member of the Fredericktown Tomato Show, president of Home Talent Stakes, officer on the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters and member of the Knox County Farm Bureau. Jim was also recognized as the Knox County Young Farmer of the year in 1973 and hosted three Heart of Ohio Farm Tours over the years.

Jim was loved by many and will be missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Debra (Cockerill) Shipley; his children, Wid (Lori) Shipley, Tanya Jo (Gary) Knapp, Sonya (Mark) Overholt and Jamie (Terri) Shipley; his step-children, Amber (Rob) Fowler, Traci (Jason) Vela and Ryan (Lee Anne) Pentz; seven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a step great-grandson and four sisters; Betty Grant, Joyce Pence, Vonda (Fred) Turner and Terry (Delmis) Gaddis.

Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis Brown and Annie Fearn.

Friends may call Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Christ the King Community Church, 15598 McClelland Road, Fredericktown, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. David Wood will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Knox County 4-H Foundation or the Knox County Horseman Association.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of James C. Shipley.


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