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Obituary: Richard W. "Ric" Shipley I, Columbus

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Richard W. “Ric” Shipley I, passed into Glory on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Surrounded by family and friends, Heaven received a gifted singer, musician, writer, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. We trust his loving wife, Monica Lea Bible, and his parents, Riley O. Shipley I and Sarah C. Leggins, were waiting to welcome him home.

Born in Martinsville, IN, June 19, 1948, he was the fifth of 10 children. Ric is survived by his four children, Rebekah (David) Wilkinson, Craig Shipley, LeAna Shipley, and Richard W. “Ricci” (Jessica) Shipley; 13 grandchildren, Nathan Norton, Layci Norton, Savannah Reyes, Jaide (Larry) Maennche, Makenzie Dickens, Justin Shipley, Amanda Shipley, Veronica Shipley, Vanessa Shipley, Ryan “Keith” O’Neal II, Nevaeh Shipley, Hali Artis, and Samantha Artis; seven great-grandchildren; and nine brothers and sisters, Lana (Virgil) Carter, Riley O. “Sonny” (Sue) Shipley, James “Toad” Shipley I, Rita Fox, Stephen (Debbie) Shipley I, Kevin (Pay) Shipley I, Gary “Randy” Shipley, Lisa “Cathy” Daniels, and Laura “Candy” Daniels. Other survivors include aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ric had a pure and deep love for music. An accomplished musician and singer, he spent many years playing live music, writing songs, singing for friends, enjoying time with fellow musicians, and leading family sing-a-longs. His voice carried many melodies through many hearts during his life.

He also possessed an uncanny knowledge and love of words that touched many people. He was a teller of jokes, a spinner of yarns, and a great philosopher. Whether he was teasing, teaching, or just having fun, we all loved him — including his co-workers and the citizens where he worked at Mill Race Center in Columbus. We will miss his quick wit and talent, the melody in his voice, and his presence among us.

Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Jonathan Moore Pike. Please come and share your favorite memories and stories about him.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. Monday at Duncan Cemetery in Brown County, where he will be buried next to his loving wife, Monica. The Rev. Mark Hardin will officiate.

Online condolences may be sent to the Shipley family at

Further information can be received by contacting family members.

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