John M. Shipley Jr.



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

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 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.

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23 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

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

    Matt & Kristen

  13. Brandy,
    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

  19. Brandi,
    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. ❤❤

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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