John M. Shipley Jr, age 46 of Ada, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 29, 2021. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John F. Shipley; grandmother, Evelyn Palumbo; grandfather, Joseph Palumbo, and his beloved loyal companion Noj.
John is survived by his wife Brandy Shipley; son, Colin Rodriguez; daughter, Zoe Raff; granddaughter, Aayla Mae-Lyn Rodriguez; parents, John (Mary) Shipley Sr., Fran (Mike) Reus; grandmother, Mae D. Shipley, brother, Kyle (Nicole) Shipley; sisters, Chris (Scott) Corrion, Karen (Brian) Larson, Jodi (Doug) Wells; brothers & sisters -in-law, Cheryl (David) Shook, Sandy (Ralph) Orcasitas, Terry (Kat) Wimpee; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Several close friends that are like family, some still with us and others who have passed. John retired from Ada Fire Department and since has enjoyed his retirement enjoying travel, hunting, gardening, landscaping and was going to take up farming this Spring. John loved his wife and family with all he had, he enjoyed dates with his granddaughter Aayla, they loved going to the park, getting ice cream, driving the tractor together, snuggling while watching Paw Patrol and the occasional manicure courtesy of Aayla. She stole his heart and was his pride and joy.
John was committed to his community, friends, and most of all to his family.
Visitation will be held 10am, Saturday, February 6, 2021 at St. Robert of Newminster, 6477 Ada Dr SE, Ada, MI 49301, with Mass of Christian burial at 11am. Rev. Leonard Sudlik, presiding. Masks and social distancing will be required. Mass may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v81ArZmLHHo&feature=youtu.be In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made out to his granddaughter, Aayla Mae-Lyn Rodriguez for her education fund, c/o O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.