Funeral Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Perry with Pastor Andrea Brownlee officiating. Donna Emmert was the organist and played special music selections of the “Navy Prayer,” “In the Garden” and “Wind Beneath my Wings.” Burial with military honors were held at Violet Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gene Shipley, Steve Shipley, Dennis Shipley, David Shipley, Jeff Derry and Kirby Martin. Visitation was held Tuesday at Murdock Funeral Home. Dale passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at the Dallas County Hospital.
Dale and his twin brother Dean were born Aug. 8, 1925 the son of Claude and Lillian (Johnson) Shipley. They were born on their Johnson grandparent’s farm in rural Minburn, Iowa. Dale grew up in the Minburn and Perry area and graduated from Perry High School. He served his country in the United States Navy from Nov. 24, 1943 until his Honorable Discharge May 3, 1946. Dale married Vernas L. Johns on July 8, 1949 at the First Christian Church in Perry, Iowa.
Dale spent his entire working life in Perry. He owned and operated Louck’s Brothers Auto Body Paint Shop, where he had worked for 42 years, until his retirement. He was proud to have been the one to paint the caboose at the corner of First Ave and Willis. He spent countless hours gardening and loved sharing his produce with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed traveling with Vernas, especially to his navy ship reunions. They loved to entertain and played many matches of couple’s bridge. Back in the day, having coffee with his coffee gang was not something he wanted to miss. Dale loved spending time with his grandson watching him grow up. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 85 and the First Christian Church.
Survivors include one son Douglas Shipley of Perry, Iowa; one daughter Janette (Stephen) Peer of West Des Moines, Iowa; one grandson Christopher (Elisabeth) Spring of West Des Moines, Iowa and one brother Harold (Leota) Shipley of Westminster, Colo.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, wife Vernas on April 20, 2014; twin brother Dean Shipley; brother Vernon Shipley and one sister, Melba Derry.
Memorials may be left in his name at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, Iowa.