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Gale Shipman

Gale’s life began on February 15, 1952, in Winfield.  He was the son of Millard and Laura (Parks) Shipman.  Gale is a graduate of Howard High School and attended both Pittsburg State University and Emporia State University, where he was a member of the ROTC.  He was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Penner on May 20, 1975, in Emporia.  Gale worked as the head zookeeper at the David Traylor Zoo in Emporia. He worked for the Zoo for over 18 years caring for their animals.  Gale was instrumental in establishing the Jones Park Disc Golf Course in Emporia through his work in the parks department.  He has many hobbies including stained glass making, being an aquarium hobbyist, RC airplane modeler, and recently a video gamer.  Gale had a great love for both Disneyworld and Disneyland, even going as far as to interview for a zoo position at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in its earliest days.  Gale was an animal caregiver at heart and certainly enjoyed smoking his cigars.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy Shipman of Marion; siblings Ron (Connie) Shipman of Marion, and Pam (Martin) Sharp of Wichita; nephews and nieces Paul (Lori) Shipman, Lenn (Andi) Shipman, Brett (Angela) Sharp and Chad Sharp.  Gale passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.  He is preceded in death by his parents.  In lieu of a memorial service, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the Animal Health Center in Marion.  Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion is serving the family.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Gale at www.ymzfh.com.

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Thank you, Richard.Gale often mentioned you when he would talk about his school years. Just today as I was looking through some of his old pictures & papers, I saw your Senior Picture and on the back you wrote "Gale, To a great guy who can't spell, write, add, think, talk, play football, see, etc. (What can you do?) Richard Barnaby '70"Only a true friend would raz a guy like that. Thank You for being his friend.

Dorothy Shipman Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM

Gale was a dear friend at Howard High School. I remember him well from those days. My favorite memory with Gale was when we played an 8 man junior varsity football game against Severy, I believe it was our sophomore year. I normally played on the line during regular 11 man games but since we were playing an 8 man junior varsity game, I was to play middle linebacker. That was one of Gales normal positions. Gale made it his responsibility to teach me how to play middle linebacker especially when dropping back in pass coverage. When the game happened, I dropped back in pass coverage on a play and made a pass interception. I was so stunned, I dont think I returned the ball more than 3 steps. When I got to the sidelines after the play, Gale was more excited than I was. He kept jumping up and down saying that next time hed remember to teach me to run after making the interception!Gale was a great friend that I lost track of after high school. I wish his family and friends all the best!

Richard Barnaby Jul 16 2021 12:00 AM

I am soo very sorry to read about Gale. I didn't know he was ill. I am shocked. His cousin Marcia

Marcia Elliott Jul 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you Gale for always loving my dogs for me when I couldn't take them with me. They always got excited to go to Dorothy and Gales house. We will all miss you.

Debbie Jul 4 2021 12:00 AM