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Karl was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to father, Karl Edward Shipley and mother, Kathleen Gertrude Lautz who later married Karl’s stepfather Norm (“Pappy”) Hunter. They moved to South Florida where Karl played football, which seemed to be the only reason he tolerated school – graduating from McArthur High School in 1965.
In August of 1965 Karl joined the US Air Force and served in the Vietnam War as a Sergeant until 1969. Karl loaded bombs – this ended up having a tremendous impact on his hearing. Our family is proud of his service and grateful for his contribution to our country.
Karl was married in 1969 and had a daughter, Rebecca at the beginning of 1971. A few years later he divorced, and thankfully met his true love of his life, Kathy Chappell and adopted his other daughter, Dawn. Karl’s family was in place and was set for the rest of his life. He and Kathy would have celebrated 48 years of marriage on April 5th.
Karl spent his career as a Meat Cutter, mostly with City Market for 37 years. Post retirement Karl volunteered at the Whitewater Fire Department and the Grand Junction Sherriff’s Office.
Karl and Kathy lived in Glade Park on 40 acres, which was his idea of paradise where they had peaceful and beautiful views. He loved his Glade Park community and felt grateful for every minute of living there. One of his favorite past times was volunteering on Friday summer evenings at ‘Movies Under the Stars’ where he loved helping his community and meeting new people. He was famous for his annual Corn Roasts where he celebrated Colorado agriculture and brought community together.
Karl and Kathy are members of the LDS church and Karl held multiple offices for the church over the years, including 10 years in one specific calling.
Karl was the epitome of a hard work and struggled sitting still due to his strong work ethic. He had a kind and gentle soul and an infectious smile. He loved his friends and his family and enjoyed spending time with everyone. He was the best Dad, loving Husband, and proud Grandfather.
Karl is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughters, Dawn, and Rebecca (Becky); his son-in-law Chris; and his two grandsons Ty and Trey. We would be remised if we also didn’t acknowledge his love for this two dogs, Pumpkin and Patches, which was a true love affair.
Karl passed due to an unfortunate accident where he fell and sustained a brain injury. His passing was peaceful. His family is forever grateful for the Nursing Teams at St. Mary’s Hospital for their compassion, care, and respect.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Karl’s Life on February 24, 2023. Please click here https://www.paperlesspost.com/go/w8n0Q9pUVMDlzatDa0yXn for greater details.
Monday, March 6, 2023
Starts at 3:00pm (Mountain time)
Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado
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