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Dorothy H. Shipman, 100, Kokomo, formerly of Delta, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at St. Vincent Kokomo. Dorothy was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Delta, Ohio, to the late Roscoe and Mae (Wiseman) Koos.
Dorothy was a true renaissance woman; as a teenager she would take her .22 rifle to the local creeks to run her muskrat trap lines, selling the pelts to earn money. She was married then widowed at a very young age and left with a young son and daughter to raise before marrying again after World War II, when she had three more sons. She was a devoted and loving mother to her five children. She was a Girl Scout leader and active in her sons' Cub Scouts and little league baseball.
After she was divorced from her second husband, she became the first woman welder at the Day Brook Ottawa Co. She was a bookkeeper for several businesses in Bowling Green, Ohio, and owned her own restaurant in Wayne. She was a sports enthusiast and never missed watching the Colts play. She loved cats, and in her later years owned and ran a Persian cattery. She enjoyed bowling and traveling.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Linda Shipp (Frank Downs); sons, James R. (Lauren) Shipman, San Jose, California, and Terry R. (Carol Ann) Shipman, Flossmoor, Illinois; nine grandchildren, Joe, Galen, Ryan, Andrea, Ian, Kael, Lauren, Daryla, and Jeff; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death are two sons, Daryl Habel and Dennis Shipman, and sister, Mildred Pfaff.
There will be a time of visitation for Dorothy from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Ellers Mortuary, Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St. There will be a graveside service at Dutch Ridge Cemetery in Delta, Ohio, at a later date. You are invited to read Dorothy's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may leave an online condolence.
Published on January 19, 2018
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