Ross Wesley Shippentower

Born: Tue., Sep. 15, 1953
Died: Sat., Jul. 20, 2013

Dressing Ceremony

10:00 AM Mon., Jul. 22, 2013
Location: Burns Mortuary

Washat Services

7:00 PM Mon., Jul. 22, 2013
Location: Agency Longhouse

Sunrise Burial

11:59 PM Mon., Jul. 22, 2013
Location: Agency Cemetery

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Ross Wesley Shippentower


September 15, 1953 – July 20, 2013


Ross Wesley “Wes” Shippentower - died on Saturday July 20, 2013 at OHSU in Portland.  He was 59 years old.

Dressing will be Monday July 22 at 10:00 am at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton with Washat services at the Agency long house at 7:00 pm. Sunrise burial will be on Tuesday July 23 in the Agency Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Send condolences online at

Ross was born September 15, 1953, in The Dalles, Oregon, to Jasper and Eleanor (Sampson) Shippentower.  He was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  He spent his early years in Pendleton.  He played basketball for St. Andrews School while attending Grade School.  He then attended school at Weston while living under the care of John and Betty Sams.  He then attended High School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, until his Junior Year. 

Ross was a very quiet and peaceful man who was always willing to help others.  He hunted and fished to provide for his elders and his family.  He enjoyed cooking, drawing and hiking. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Eleanor Sampson Shippentower and Jasper Shippentower, brothers Jasper Jr., Kenneth, Edmond and Leslie, and his sisters Marjorie, Darlene, Marlene and Selena. 

Survivors include his sister Jacqueline Shippentower James, brothers Leland Shippentower and (Tony) Paul Shippentower, daughter Teshay Sanchez, many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

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