John M. Shipley Jr.

04/06/1974   —   01/29/2021

Memorial Contributions

Aayla Mae-Lyn Rodriguez

for her education fund

c/o O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home

3980 Cascade Rd. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

The Guestbook
  • David Marshall

    I’ll miss you kid. Although when you were young you were a pain, you grew into a great person. As I have said many times, Very Proud of you and still am. I guess you will have to have lunch with Gloria and Grandpa until I get there.

  • Clint

    John was a hunting associate and dear friend. He was always there to lend advice and help with whatever was needed. His heart was full of joy when talking about his family and friends. He will be severely missed, but never forgotten! Shiplyville will never be the same without him.

  • Michael Buys

    Words can not express the hurt and void that Johns passing will create, I will miss him, his smile, his hugs and his waves. Prayers for peace and understanding to the family and all of us as we move forward.

  • Derek and Tina Moore

    Please accept our deepest condolences. We are so sorry to hear about John’s sudden passing and have a great heartfelt sorrow for your loss. John was a very thoughtful and caring man. He was fun-loving and easy to get along with. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

  • Dick and Pam Grossenbacher

    John, we wish you, Mary and all of your family our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved son. Our words are not sufficient for the hurt you all are feeling, but please take some comfort in the thoughts and prayers of your many friends.

  • John Shipley, Dad

    Sadly missed by all friends, family and the community. Taken away too young by a heart condition in his great big heart. Never to be forgotten.

  • Frank. Lance

    Rest in peace and god bless

  • Lisa Barquist

    Dear Brandy,
    I am so, so sorry. I know that right now all you can do is cry and I agree. Cry all your tears of loss and all your tears of heavy, empty sadness. Cry all of them because you earned each one of them. Cry because your love and partnership is real and now it is somehow disappeared and you are terrifyingly, blindsidingly and so suddenly lost.
    And then…
    When you stop crying and you listen, at first to silence and then for signs. He will still be there and he will help you through this. Trust that you will be held and carried by John and by God and by all his angels until you are alright on your own feet again. Let him show you that you are loved and that you are going to be alright. Let all of us hold and carry you and your family as long as you need us and beyond. No matter what you need as you walk your path through this, you are not alone…we are all always with you and here for you.
    I love you,
    Lisa Barquist

  • RaeLynn “spidell “ Sullivan

    Been many years since I seen John but he was an amazing fun guy, so sorry for your loss . May your days of grieving be few and happiest of memories consume.

  • Kathie Bogerd

    So very sorry for your sad loss of John.
    May memories of your loved one, give you strength
    to meet today and tomorrow.
    Sincere sympathy and prayers to all of you and all of your family.
    Kathie and Joel Bogerd

  • The Kumfer’s

    Our deepest sympathy for you Brandy for your profound loss. We love you very much and know God is close to the broken-hearted. Whatever you need, we here for you.

  • Emily Acheson

    Sending you much love. Keping you and your family in my prayers.
    Emily (from the factory)

  • Matthew Donald

    Sending all of you our love and condolences.
    John was so loved and appreciated by us.

    Matt & Kristen

  • Joe Palumbo - Cousin

    So sorry for your loss. John will be missed as a great father, husband, brother, friend, and to many of us a cousin. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Doug Venema

    There are no words that will lessen the pain created by John’s passing. He was a great person that touched the lives of many, both in his personal life and in his professional life. I am blessed to have shared a portion of my career with him. We all miss you brother. Prayers for peace and comfort to all that are hurting.

  • Lance Korhorn

    When I was 10 years old, you drove me home from an afternoon at your house on Fase street. While listening to one of your cds I commented how much I liked one of the songs that was playing and when we got to my house, you pressed eject and handed me the cd. Your heart was filled with generosity and compassion. Just a few weeks ago and as far back as I can remember every call you ended by saying “Love you brother”. We will miss you dearly John. Until we meet again

  • Tim Hildebrand

    John…. I don’t even know where to start or what to say. I’ve known you since high school and throughout our lives. You’ve helped me when I needed a friend and I’ll never forget..RIP My friend till we meet again

  • Mary Gillespie-Smith

    John: there are no words to express my soul filled sorrow. You often said we were family and in so many ways you were my “son”. When Dan passed away you were the rock that kept me and my sons together. You did so much for us then and beyond that I could never thank you enough for. While my feelings of loss are overwhelming, it is comforting to know that you both are watching over your families.

    Brandee and family: please know that you are all in my prayers for peace and strength during this most difficult journey. John is with you.

  • Don Schueller

    So very sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

  • Jill Coder

    Words cannot express how heartbroken I am about the passing of John. He will always be remembered as one of the Great ones. Great husband, great father, Great Grandfather , Great son and Great friend. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ❤❤

  • Sandy Gordon

    John, You knew how to make us laugh and to always enjoy life to the fullest. You will be missed from all of us in Jeddo. Love Craig & Sandy Gordon

  • Tom Palumbo

    Our prayers have been with you and your family during this time of your tragic loss. We are praying for the Holy Spirit to provide comfort to all.

  • Uncle Charlie and Aunt Lori

    Too shocked to want to believe it’s true. Wonderful

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