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Keith Shipman

April 10, 1923 — May 24, 2007

Memorial services for Keith will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 1:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Chariton. Interment will be in the Chariton Cemetery, with burial honors provided by the American Legion. Following the services a time of fellowship will be held at the church. Memorials may be directed to the elevator fund for the First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at Keith was the oldest of three children born to Marion and Margaret (Hill) Shipman on April 10, 1923 in Kilgore, Nebraska. He graduated from Orchard High School in Orchard, Nebraska. After graduating he went into the Army Air Corps serving in WW II where he spent time in France and Belgium. After leaving the service Keith went to Iowa State University at Ames. Keith graduated from Iowa State with a teaching degree in agriculture. This is where he met his wife Ethel Barton, they were married on September 5, 1948. They were married 58 years when Ethel died in October 2006. Keith and Ethel had three children: Larry, Linda and Marlin. Keith taught High School Vocational Agriculture and Shop for 16 years in Humeston and Chariton. After his teaching career, Keith managed Federal Land Bank Association where he appraised farms, worked as District Sales Manager with Acco Seed Company and worked with Ethel and ran Shipman's Garden where they grew and sold vegetables and fruits. Keith used his talent of woodworking to make his children and grandchildren many things. Keith enjoyed raising livestock, he would even name all his calves. He loved to work in the garden he grew vegetables, fruit trees and grapes to be eaten fresh or caned. Keith passed away on May 24, 2007 at the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Bill) Wehage of Ankeny; son, Marlin Shipman of Chariton; grandchildren: Andrew (Courtney) Wehage and Jennifer (Jason) Nutt; and great grandson, Jacob. Keith is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; son, Larry; brother, Darrell; and sister, Betty Hagedon.
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