John Anthony Shippentower

Died: Wed., Jan. 4, 2017

Funeral Service

Fri., Jan. 06, 2017
Location: Burns Mortuary

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John Anthony Shippentower, 73, passed away January 4, 2017 at his home in Mission.  His dressing was held January 6, 2017, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. He was buried at the Agency Cemetery on January 7, 2017 and lunch was served at the Mission Senior Center.

He was born April 1, 1943, to Joseph Alex and Blanche (Williams) Shippentower, in Portland, OR. He was a member of the CTUIR (Walla Walla) and he grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He met Sharon Cunningham at a golf course in Portland and they were together for over 25 years. Sometime during those 25 years they were married. She died from leukemia eight years ago.

He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1961 and attended then Eastern Oregon College (EOC) and the University of Oregon. While at PHS he was a three year letterman in baseball and coached by Bob White and a two year letterman in basketball and coached by Dale Warberg. He also played baseball and basketball with the Mission Indians and other Indian teams.

While in high school and for another couple of years thereafter he worked at PGG in the parts department. He moved to Portland in the mid-1960’s and only recently returned home. In Portland, he worked in hardware sales and for the Portland Area Indian Health Service where he later retired.  In his earlier days, he hunted, fished, golfed and ran long distances. When he first returned home, he used to walk on Mission Road but even that became too much as his health deteriorated.

He is survived by a brother Robert Allen (Beverly Penney) Shippentower, a sister Rosenda Shippentower, and a niece Carmen Joy James. He also left behind JC Penney, Joan Watlamit, Carl Sampson, Fabian Spencer, Sierra James, Frances Alexandria James, Isaiah Shippentower and many other relatives and friends in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and probably beyond.

He was preceded in death by his mother Blanche, his father Alex, and his brother William Shippentower. He did not have children but he was a close and good uncle to his nephews who also predeceased him in death, Allen Anthony Spencer, Jerry Michael Spencer and R. Joseph ”Joey” Shippentower all of Mission.

 Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements.


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Patti Beaulieu
   Posted Mon January 16, 2017
Rose, Carmen and Bob, I just found out about John's passing. I am so sad. We kept in touch and I knew he was ill but thought he had a few more years. My sincere condolences to you. Patti Beaulieu

Linda shippentower
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
Bob thank you so much for telling me my husband died yes we are still married.

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