Harry Shipman

Harry Shipman

FAIRMOUNT – Harry G. Shipman, 79, of Fairmount passed away at 12:12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Harry was born Nov. 21, 1933, in Danville to George and Thelma Miller Shipman. He married Carole Jean Holden on March 3, 1951; they later divorced. She survives.

He is also survived by one son, Anthony Shipman of Danville; two daughters, Tamar Fortner of Newport, Ind., and Terri Francis of Danville; one brother, Merrell Shipman of St. Joseph; one sister, Sharon Kay Shipman of Macon; six grandchildren, Jeremy Fortner, Jaimal Fortner, Emily Fortner, Ben Shipman, Nick Shipman and Eli Shipman; and eight great-grandchildren, James Fortner, Mercedes Fortner, Mathew Fortner, Tiffani Fortner, Chase Fortner, Lola Shipman, Ryan Shipman, and Sophie Shipman; and his longtime companion, Kathy Voorhees of Fairmount, with whom he made his home.

He was a 32nd-degree Mason and a member of the Danville Moose Lodge and had been a truck driver all his life. He was also a member of Teamsters Local 26 and enjoyed fishing, Bears football games, and being an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Illini fan.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Robison Chapel, 103 Douglas St., Catlin. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Patti Wise will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, Danville.

Memorials may be offered to Batestown United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent online at www.robisonchapel.com.