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Eston Harold Shipler

Male 1911 - 1979  (68 years)

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  • Name Eston Harold Shipler 
    Born 28 Jan 1911  Raymond, Rice County, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jun 1979  Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I041  Shepler Genealogy
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2017 

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    Father John Edward Shipler,   b. 1 Jan 1871, Huntington, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1940, Sylvia, , Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Mary Louisa Jones,   b. 15 Mar 1875, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1954, Sylvia, , Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Family ID F137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laura Louisa Bond,   b. 27 Nov 1909, Haviland, Kiowa, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1985, Bay Minette, Baldwin, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 26 Nov 1930  Cherokee, Alfalfa Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. D.B. Shipler
     2. V.L. Shipler
     3. E.D. Shipler
     4. M.D. Shipler
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F17  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jun 1979 - Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hawthorne Memorial Gardens, Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • General notes:
      Obituary: Published in the Grants Pass, Oregon 'The Courier' newspaper June 9, 1979. Entered into eternal rest Thursday, June 7, 1979
      Eston Harold Shipler, 713 NE Eighth St., died Thursday at Southern Oregon General Hospital. He was born Jan. 28, 1911 in Raymond, Kan. and has lived in Grants Pass since 1956.
      Mr. Shipler owned his own wood products manufacturing firm before retiring here.
      He was married to Louisa Bond in Cherokee, Okla., on Nov. 27, 1930.
      He and his wife moved to southern California where he worked in the aircraft industry during World War II. He belonged to Live Oak Grange in Rogue River, and was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Grants Pass.
      Services will be Monday at 2pm in Slawson's Chapel of the Valley with Rev. Paul Donnelson officiating.
      Donations may be made to the Faith Baptist Church memorial fund. Burial will be in Hawthorne Memorial Gardens.
      Survivors include the widow; three sons, Dillard of Columbus, Ohio, Darrel of Minneapolis, and Michael, of Bay Minette, Ala.; a daughter, Virginia Degerman, of Spokane; two brothers, Clarence of Canyon City, Colo., and Curt of Silvia, Kan.; eight grandsons and three great granddaughters.
      Friends may call at Slawson Funeral Home today and Sunday from 5 to 9pm.

      A Narrative about my Dad by Michael Shipler April 2000:
      My father was a big man...standing 6 foot and latter in life generally weighing around 225 pounds. He was large boned..the watch he wore covered the back of my wrist to the point that the band hung straight down at the sides.
      He was a very emotional person, incredibly forgiving, very monogamist, very sexual and very non-violent. By todays standards, he was border line bipolar. As I grew up, you seldom saw him without a cigar, although he seldom drank. I only saw him drink a beer one time and he didn't finish that. He smoked cigars from his late teens until the late 50's, smoking 8 to 10 a day. Although rarely sick, he developed kidney stones about 1949 and had kidney stone problems off and on the rest of his life. During the early 60's he developed gout and in those days, they tried controlling things by diet as medications were limited, even if diet had nothing to do with the problem. The diet for each problem opposed the other. One of Dad's favorite breakfasts was salt pork and eggs and he always put bacon grease on his popcorn which he eat often, which I'm sure ultimately caused his heart problems. He had 5 major heat attacks, the last one in April before his death in June. After the last attack, the doctors determined that he only had one spot (about the size of a silver dollar) on his left ventricle that wasn't scar tissue.
      Our house was always 'Grand Central Station', with my folks friends and friends of mine and my siblings always stopping by for a visit or to play cards or have dinner with us. And that continued even after all the kids left home. Dad never met a stranger..he loved people and loved to talk (his long distance phone bill would run $200 even during the 1950's). Although he only had an eighth grade education, he could talk on most any subject. And had a very inventive mind. Most of his life was spent in some type of business that allowed him to meet people. Sales was his true game. I remember one time that I traveled with him while I was in High School, he was in the speciality advertising business at the time, we stopped in front of a small country store in Northern California...Dad leaned over the back seat where all his samples were and selected two items. I asked if he was going to take more items or his catalogs in with him and he said no, this guy will purchase one of these two items..and sure enough about an hour later, out he came with an order.
      He worked math in his head faster than I could with a calculator. And he was near genius with things electrical (even electronic) or mechanical. When he met Mom at about age 19, he was Shop foreman for the Ford Motor Company in the town of Haviland, Kansas. I can still see him sitting on the floor of the living room with our first color TV literally scattered about the room so he could figure out how it worked and then to fine tune it for best really did work better when he finished! His one true 'fault' was that he lost interest in things once all problems were resolved.
      Dad loved automobiles..he always drove a fairly new one and was always tinkering with them and always wore a white dress shirt when he did. How he did that without getting grease all over it was amazing to me. His shirts were always done by a commercial laundry with heavy starch. They almost broke when he took them from the package. He had a 1949 Pontiac station wagon with the real wood trim on the sides and to show you how 'state of the art' he was, he installed propane as the primary fuel source with a switch over for gasoline. It worked beautifully, not bad for 1949!
      His relationship with his children was interesting. He seemed to have little use for children under the age of puberty, but just the same, we always had family day on Sunday's. Usually based around driving somewhere for a picnic or sometimes just driving. A better driver, I've never met. Dad loved the open road! After the war years in the aircraft industry, most of Dad's life was spent working as a sales rep or working for himself, selling on the road. During my informative years, he was on the road during the week, arriving home Friday night, Saturday with Mom or Mom and the family around the house and Sundays driving with the family. Dad always seemed to have a special affinity for my brother Del, I think mostly for his success without education, I think he saw himself in Del. And of course, Gin, my only sister could do no wrong in Dad's eyes. He loved her like no other. Dad seemed equally proud of my oldest brother Dill, both for his education and his going his seperate way in life. After all my siblings left home, I grew very close to my father. To the degree that at times from late high school on, we were more like close friends then father and son. I had the best of both worlds, close family early..'only child' through high school. I had a great childhood with much love!
      After the death of his brother Orville, things seemed to change for Dad and he left his family home in Kansas, not long after. Other than his brother Clarence in Colorado, the rest of his family stayed in Kansas and apparently as a result of his moving away, his family had little to do with him. He wasn't even notified of his mothers death until long afterward. I do remember visiting Uncle Clarence in Colorado a couple of times and Uncle Bill visited Dad in Oregon once in the early 70's. Other than that, he did not have contact with his home folks until the 1970's, and then only one or two visits back to Kansas. He made his own life and believed in it! He was however, always intrigued by the oral family histories of the Shipler families and pursued them when possible, becoming good friends with the Shipler clan in Utah and visiting Guy Emory Shipler (listed in Who's Who in America) in New York. Was never able to tie the Shipler families together. Many of Dad's personal friendships lasted his entire life.
      His love for Mom was something to behold. He saw her waking by the Ford shop in Kansas, one day and literally fell in love with her at first sight. Even with their mutual strong wills, their love endured. Before his death, Dad asked a close friend who was Morman, to 'seal' their marriage for them after their passing. This was done with my approval and I'm sure that they are together to this day!