Robert C. Shipe, 72, of Sunbury, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at the Manor at Penn Village in Selinsgrove where he was a resident for one week.
He was born in Sunbury on May 7, 1945, the son of the late Harry W. and Elizabeth (Snyder) Shipe. He married the former Kathleen (Pooch) Zicovage on March 17, 1978.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years; son, Robert J. and wife Stephanie; son, Cory; grandchildren, Ella, Max, Lucy, Ace, Lacey; brother, Ronald and companion Helen; sister, Martha and husband Donald Leitzel; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and his goat, Buster.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Helen Yeager who went to be with the Lord in February of this year.
He was a lifetime resident of Lower Augusta Township and member of the St. Elias Reformed Church. He graduated from Mahanoy Joint with the class of 1963. He was a star wrestler and a football lineman for the Bruins. He had a close friendship with many of his classmates that lasted his lifetime. He also had close relationships with several couples that always enjoyed spending time together with their spouses and children.
He served our country in the Air National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1971. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 702 of Herndon. He worked several small jobs prior to joining the union Ironworkers Local 404 out of Harrisburg. He started his own excavating business with his dump truck and backhoe. Later, he added hauling stone and blacktop for several companies and quarries in the local area with his red Mack. He also served his community as an operator and supervisor for the township. With all this, he made many friends. He also made sure to teach his two boys every step of the way.
He enjoyed cutting firewood and scraping iron and junk cars. He also enjoyed doing improvements around his house. He had a hard time staying inside. When he was inside, he watched Penn State and the Phillies. He loved listening to oldies music. His favorite summer pastime was taking his 1971 Chevy pickup to car shows or just taking Pooch or his grandkids out for ice cream.
He was adored by his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
A viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury, followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.
Interment will be in the St. Elias Reformed Cemetery in Lower Augusta Township.
In lieu of flowers, extend an offer to buy lunch or spend time with a special friend, relative, or neighbor.
Published on August 5, 2017