George ‘Cliff’ Shipley II

George ‘Cliff’ Shipley II

George C. “Cliff” Shipley II of Otsego, Michigan passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Otsego. Cliff was born October 30, 1935 in Watson Township to George and Ethel (Lukins) Shipley. Cliff was a lifetime farmer and horseman; raising and breeding registered Percherons and was a member of the Allegan Draft Horse and Mule Association. Cliff’s main loves were his family and his opportunity to live and farm his family farm. He attended At His Master’s Feet Church in Otsego.

On July 26, 1958 he married Norma McLaughlin who survives. Also surviving are his children, George Clifford Shipley III, Timothy Jay Shipley, Kimberly Ann Shipley and Michele Marie Shipley; 3 granddaughters, Danielle Marie Koperski, Ashley Ann Koperski and Jaiden Isabella Shipley-Snider; and sisters, Esther Newkirk, Margaret Guider and Mary McLaughlin. Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Helen Sage and Thelma Nunley and a brother Robert Shipley.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends may meet with his family on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 10 A.M. – 12 Noon at Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Memorial Service will be held at Noon with Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Private burial of ashes will take place at a later date at Hicks Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of George may be made to Hospice Care of S.W. Michigan or the West Michigan Cancer Center.

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  1. Lynn ,Dale , Georgia Washburn says:

    Cliff he was so very nice and he will be miss and he is a very loveing guy and he was so careing to about people and he light up when Me and Mom would give him a hug and a kiss at church love you unlce cliff

  2. Kandy Campbell says:

    Michelle, Cliff and family – I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! You and your family are in my prayers.

  3. Kandy Campbell says:

    Michelle, Cliff and Family: I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, I know that he will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my prayers.

  4. Dick and Sylvia Davis says:

    Norma and family.
    We sure are going to miss Cliff, but realize he is in a better place.
    We have some great memories of the times we spent together.
    I remember the horse Squaw and my (Sylvia) ride on her. Also all the times we played “spoons” and how our children grew up together.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    We love you
    Dick and Sylvia

  5. Jodie Bronkema says:

    Michelle and family, my heart is with you. Thank you for giving me the wonderful opportunity to care for “Cliff” even if it was only for a few short days. It was a blessing to have met him. I know that he is loved dearly and will be missed by many. I will never forget the opportunity to see “Ice” visit Cliff and the memory that you will keep in your hearts and minds forever. That was so special. Again , thank you. I am here if you need anything.

  6. John and Becky Halloran says:

    God saw Cliff getting tired and a cure was not to be so HE put his arms around him and said my son come home with me. What a wonderful person he sent us and now he has gone home. Remember all the great memories we all have with Cliff while he was here and keep them in your hearts and Norma and kids please know that cliff has so many friends out here, some you may never have met. I just want all to know that he was a LIFE TIME MEMBER of the Allegan Draft Horse and Mule Club. He help so many as we all picked his brain when it came to the Big gentle Giants (horses) and what a brain to pick with so much knowledge.
    Thank You so much for sharing him we us all;
    John & Becky Halloran

  7. Joe and Ellen Mckenzie says:

    We would like to send our heart felt condolences to all of Cliffs family. We love you all and we are so very sorry for your loss.

    Joe, Ellen, and the Mckenzie family

  8. Bridgett and Roger Dee says:

    Michele and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss and we are sorry we never got the chance to meet Cliff. Michele, watching your face when you talked about him SAID IT ALL. What a great person and Dad he was to have raised such a special person. His memory will live through you, your family and all the people who he has met along the way. Our prayers will be with you and your family now, tomorrow and always.

  9. Kelly Hare-Sherwood says:

    Tim and Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know you are all in my thoughts!

  10. Sandra Lockett says:

    To The Shipley Family,

    I am sorry for your lost may God be with all of you. Here is a card I got to share with you.

    I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
    Oh, so happy and so bright!
    There is perfect joy and beauty
    In this everlasting light.

    All the pain and grief is over,
    Every restless tossing passed;
    I am now at peace forever,
    Safely home in Heaven at last.

    Did you wonder I so calmly
    Trod the valley of the shade?
    Oh! but Jesus’ love illumined
    Every dark and fearful glade.

    And He came Himself to meet me
    In that way so hard to tread;
    And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,
    Could I have one doubt or dread?

    Then you must not grieve so sorely,
    For I love you dearly still:
    Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,
    Pray to trust our Father’s Will.

    There is work still waiting for you,
    So you must not idly stand;
    Do it now, while life remaineth-
    You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

    When that work is all completed,
    He will gently call you Home;
    Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
    Oh, the joy to see you come!

    Sandy Lockett and Family

  11. Bell Family says:

    So sorry for your loss, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Jim and Julie Harrington says:

    Norma and Shipley family, We are sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  13. Scott & Kathy Broers Grand Island NE says:

    Many memories of my Favorite Uncle Cliff – you will be missed on Wetheral lake road – forever in our hearts – our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Norma and my cousins. Xoxo Kathy Scott Trent Jessica Angela xoxo

  14. Ed and Margaret says:

    Norma and Family. You have our Sympathy. We will miss his visits!

  15. Harv and Carol Visser says:

    To Norma and family. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to know Cliff. The pain that was his companion for so long is now gone and he is basking in the love of his Lord, enjoying sunshine everyday and perfect health. And he’s waiting for family and friends in the wonderful residence that God has built for him.
    Although his walk on earth is done, yours without him has only begun. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time of transition and loss.

  16. Joanne & Mike Krcatovich says:

    Kim & family,

    We are very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joanne & Mike

  17. Laura Dalrymple says:

    Norma and family I was so sorry to hear of Cliffs passing you are in my prayers Laura Dalrymple

  18. Mike and Lois Guider says:

    Aunt Norma and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Cliff will be missed by all of us. We have so many wonderful memories of our visits to the farm. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  19. Michelle(Holden)Roemer says:

    I am so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you all through this trying time, cliff was an amazing man that will be dearly missed, God Bless you all.

  20. Bob, Alice, Tom and Jimmy Kelsey says:

    The Kelsey family offers their sincere condolences.

  21. Eddie Guider says:

    My prayers go to the Shipley Family and friends. My fondest memories are the fun times back in the 1950’s and 1960’s when my guider family would visit the family farm for 3 weeks in the summer and my Uncle Clif would entertain us kids and play with and feed the many animals on the farm.

  22. jimmy castaneda says:

    Hey sorry about your loss..hang in there life goes on..
    Your friend jimmy

  23. Daniel Lukins says:

    To Norma and family,
    We are sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Love Dan and Lin Lukins

    To Norma and family,
    You are in my thoughts. I am sorry.
    Love Dave Lukins

  24. Kathy Culver-Clemons says:

    God bless all your loved ones Norma, and children & grandchildren. May our Lord help you remember all the good times, and blessings.

  25. Tom & Judy Harmon says:

    Norma and Family;
    We are sorry to hear of Cliff’s death. God bless you. You will always remember the good times on the farm.

  26. Dawn Knobloch-Kirkpatrick says:

    Norma,Cliff,Tim,Kim & Michele, I am so sorry for your loss, Please know that Cliff was a special man And I know That he touched my life in a positive way. My thoughts are with you all.

  27. Wendy & Larry says:

    Tim, Michele, Cliff & family-
    “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.”
    I am so sorry!

  28. Dean and Joyce (Leighton) Sheldon says:

    Norma and family. So sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing. What good times we remember my Mom and Dad having with you guys and Cliff’s parents. I always relied on George or Cliff to keep me informed of the perfect grain mixtures to order from the feed mill for our horses. Mixtures such as 1 T salt mixed with 1/2 bushel spelts and ground oats or something similar. Memories build a special bridge when loved ones have to part. We have so many great memories having to do with you and the Shipley family. May you find comfort in knowing memories last forever.

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