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Gregory Allen Shipley, of Pittsboro, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61 on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, while on business in Tucson, Arizona.. Shipley was born in Chicago on July 28, 1953, to Richard Allen Shipley and Doris (Johnson) Leoni. Following high school, he lived for more than a decade in California, where he was a regular "jack of all trades" working as a ranch hand, airplane mechanic, carpenter and firefighter.. After returning to the Midwest, he married his Sherry Nightlinger on Aug. 17, 1985, in Country Club Hills, Illinois. Following 17 successful years at Downer’s Grove Dodge, he came onboard as a Senior Territory Manager of Engineered Systems with Tyco Fire Protection, where he was beloved by colleagues, clients, and associates.. He and his wife Sherry lived in Naperville, Illinois, where they saw the birth of their son, Neal Allen Shipley, on Jan. 6, 1991. The entire family worked tirelessly for many years with the Naperville Exchange Club (prevention of child abuse). In 2007, the family moved to Zionsville, where they were active members of the Harley Owners Group Chapter No. 1 of Indianapolis.. Shipley loved to ride, including regular trips to the Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Utah, Colorado, Maine, and countless other destinations. He and Sherry also traveled to Tahiti and Australia courtesy of his stellar work performance. As a family, the trio’s annual winter treks included the Carribean, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and his favorite destination, Costa Rica.. In the days since his death, Shipley has been remembered by friends and family for his “wicked smile,” enormous bear hugs, and thunderous laugh. He was beloved by many, and will be remembered fondly by all those whose lives he touched.. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; son, Neal Shipley; sister, Deborah (John) Saraceno and their children Jenny, Jessica (Brian) Lalonde and Joel Einhorn; sister, Valerie Rebeck and her children Mike (Kristin) Rebeck and Dana Rebeck; sister, Sandra (Mike) Lawnicki; and numerous great-nieces and nephews whom he loved.. Shipley was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Vincent Leoni; and several uncles.. A celebration of his life will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson in Zionsville.. In lieu of flowers, the family asks instead to make a donation to a charity of your choice or to the Naperville Exchange Club Charitable Foundation or Project HELP.. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.arnmortuary.com.
Published on  November 24, 2014
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