Riley Donald "Don" Shipman
Riley Donald "Don" Shipman, a resident of Eufaula, passed away September 19, 2019 in Muskogee, Oklahma at the age of 70. One of 14 children, he was born Thursday, March 31, 1949 in Hanford, California, to Riley D. Shipman & Gertrude (Proe) Shipman.
Don graduated from Eufaula High School in 1968.
He was a Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, having served on active duty from 1970-1974, and in the Coast Guard Reserves from 1974-1978.
During his time in the service he received numerous awards and recognitions including; the National Defense Medal, Expert Pistol Medal, and the First Coast Guard Good Conduct Award.
He received his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement and spent several years as a Sheriff in McIntosh County.
He later earned his living as a welder, and welding inspector.
He loved to play his guitar and harmonica, and would play for anyone that would listen.
He was a trivia buff, and if he had his way, he would’ve been born 100 years earlier so that he could have been a cowboy in the Wild West.
Don was a member of the Eufaula VFW, and participated in a multitude of charitable events benefiting Veterans, cancer survivors and cancer research.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Jonathan Shipman, as well as numerous brothers and sisters.
Don is survived by his daughter, Tracie Mosely and husband Alex of Athens, Texas, daughter, Jennifer Rodriguez and husband Jesse of Forney, Texas, grandchildren; Garret Lamay and wife Jessica of Fort Riley, Kan., Lindsie Heffington of Athens, Texas, Bradley Mosley of Athens, Texas, Isabella Rodriguez of Forney, Texas, Gabriella Rodriguez of Forney, Texas, Jude Rodriguez of Forney, Texas, and Landyn Shipman of Ben Wheeler, Texas.
Also, great-grandchildren; Jonathan Lamay of Ontario, Canada, Garret James-Lee Lamay of Fort Riley, Kan., and Rylie Heffington of Athens, Texas, sister, June Rush of Eufaula, Okl., brother, Charles Shipman of Prescott, Ariz., sister, Betty McGuire of Muskogee, Okla., sister Nita Smoot of Sachse, Texas, and sister, Shirley Fowler of Morris, Okla., as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Integrity Funeral Service in Henryetta.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Lenna Baptist Church in Lenna, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Lenna Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.