Melvin Glenn Shipley, 89, of Yakima and a former Sunnyside resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at the home of his daughter, Linda (Shipley) Allen.

Glenn was born Jan. 21, 1922 in Waverly, Kansas to Clifford and Gladys (O'Dell) Shipley.

He received his education in Kansas, graduating from Waverly High School. After his graduation, his family moved to Seattle, where he and his father worked in the shipyards.

Glenn served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and became a metalsmith. After his service he found work at the Grand Coulee Dam. This is where he met his future wife (Mary) Lorraine Slater, whom he married on Dec. 7, 1946 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after a two week courtship. The couple moved to Kennewick for a short period of time before making a home in Sunnyside.

Glenn worked in the valley for many years as a delivery driver for the Carnation Milk Co. He also had a farm, where he raised asparagus. His happiest times came working on the tractor and irrigating his fields.

Glenn loved to bowl, attending Sunnyside High School sporting events, trips to Reno, Nev. and watching the Seattle Mariners and Washington Huskies. He also enjoyed the peace and quiet of the country, having the family come and visit, and teaching his grandchildren about farm life.

In the final years of his life, Glenn lived with his son and family, spoiling Barkley, Sam and the rest of the pets with love, attention and treats.

Glenn is survived by his children, Gwynna (Terry) Allen of Spokane, Linda (Jim) Allen of Yakima, Glenn (Diane) Shipley Jr. of Selah; eight grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and three sisters, Donna Sinner of Puyallup, Wanda (Harold) Hurd of Everett and Thelma Fischer of Ryderwood.

Glenn was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorraine Shipley.

Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Glenn's on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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