James Curtis Shipman

August 7, 1941October 31, 2013
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James C. Shipman, 72 of Marysville left us on October 31, 2013. Jim was born on August 7, 1941 in Toledo Washington. He is survived by his wife Janice Shipman, daughter Angie and son James, grandchildren Katherine, Davis and Lily, brothers Calvin and Conrad, and numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Jim grew up on the south hill of Puyallup at the family farm among friends and family. After his freshman year of high school his family moved to a 160 acre farm at Alfa Prairie near Onalaska, Washington. He attended high school in Onalaska where he met the love of his life, Janice Davis. After high school he served in the United States Navy before coming home to marry Jan. Jim and Jan were married for 52 wonderful years. In 1963 they moved to California where Jim attended Mortuary Science school. They moved back to first Longview where he completed a degree at Lower Columbia College and then Long Beach Washington. Angie and James were born during their time in Long Beach. While at Long Beach Jim served on the local school board and as a volunteer firefighter. In 1973 Jim and Jan purchased Schaefer Funeral Home in Marysville, Washington, which became Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home. Jim served the grieving families of Marysville for the rest of his life. He had a special love for the Tulalip Tribes, and caring for their families. He always worked hard to make sure everyone was taken care of and brought deep compassion and professionalism to his position. In 1986/87, he was the President of the Washington State Funeral Director’s Association. Jim also was significantly involved in the community. He served as a volunteer fireman and Captain with the Marysville Fire Department for many years. He served on the Everett Community College Board and was involved in Marysville Lions, the Crystal Masonic Lodge and many other local organizations. In 1976 he was elected to the Washington State Senate, but lost the election by a handful of votes on recall. Jim and Jan were members of the Marysville United Methodist Church since 1973. In recent years, he has continued his community activities with involvement in the Marysville Historical Society, the Stillaguamish Senior Center, and as a historian at the Evergreen Cemetery. Jim worked hard at Evergreen to locate information about civil war veterans. Jim was a wonderful and loving husband, father, uncle, and friend. He possessed a delightful sense of humor. He always took time to share his love of history and the world. His service to the community, particularly to thousands of grieving families, will be forever remembered. Funeral services are arranged by Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home. Visitation will occur at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home 804 State Ave, Marysville Washington from 9 am to 7 pm on Friday, November 8, 2013. A memorial service will be held at Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. N.E. Marysville Washington at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Everett Washington. Memorials may be made to Providence Hospice & Home Care Foundation, 2731 Wetmore Ave. #500, Everett, WA 98201; the Marysville United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Dave Grant

November 19, 2013

Jim and I shared a common interest in history as well as an interest in helping families deal with grief. Our prayers go with all of you who have a huge empty spot in your hearts and around your tables this Thanksgiving season.

November 15, 2013

I am happy that Jerry, Brenda, Dennis and I came to a Ingles family reunion
and met family members. Remember Jim and his family. Jim and I are the same age only I was born in March.
God Bless you and your family at this very sad time.
Jerry and Janet Loney

Tim and Jeannine King

November 13, 2013

Was sad to see that Jim had passed, but happy to know he is with God now. I knew Jim as a fellow firefighter at the Marysville Fire Dept where I learned of his great sense of humor, in later years I learned of his great sense of professionalism in the funeral business as members of my family and friends passed. Jim will be missed in the Marysville Community. Condolences to Jan and family.

November 12, 2013

The world is a better place because it was blessed by such a precious soul.
Love and prayers,
Richard and Sylvia Shipman

Virginia Carpenter

November 12, 2013

As a Tulalip Tribal elder I wish to offer my condolences to the family. This man was truly an inspiration to the tribal members as he was always there for us in the time of need and went out of his way to console anyone no matter who they were and we shall forever appreciate his kindness. My sister Uppy was the cook for all of the funerals and he would always go in and thank the cooks for the food they prepared. What a wonderful man he was and there has never been anyone like him and we truly missed him when he retired.

Mary and David Braun

November 11, 2013

Jim Shipman, a friend, and fellow minister to the bereaved along with clergy, was one of the few people I know who continued to learn and grow the longer he lived. He was fun, funny, and silly sometimes, but with all that he was a very serious man, dedicated to a life of service and love. A lot of people refer to the"love of my life", however in Jim's case that was totally and absolutely true. I am pretty sure he could not have achieved all he did without Jan's balance and common sense, and constant support. She didn't mince words with some of Jim's words or actions, and yet she never stopped being always at his side. It goes without saying that Angie, James, Davis, Katie, and Lily were the apples of his eye. His extended family was also extremely dear to him. This was a remarkable man and we will miss him sorely. And will give thanks for having been a friend for over 30 years.

Helen Fenrich

November 11, 2013

Rest in peace.

Alan & Debbie Thompson

November 11, 2013

A man of integrity, compassion, humor and strength, Jim will sorely be missed by all who knew, loved and respected him. May you take comfort in his memory, legacy and the respect he earned from his family, friends and everyone whose life he touched. We are proud be in those legions that knew, respected, trusted him and enjoyed his spirit. Jim will always be with us in our hearts.

Elizabeth Stover

November 11, 2013

I was a young nurse when I met Jim, He was caring and helping with me as he came to Maddiline villa to get the residents that had passed.And then later other places I worked in the Marysville area. He knew at first I was nervous and knew the right things to make me feel better. Later in years he helped with my friends son,husband and then my friend. He later helped with other friends of me in the time of need. He was very compassionate and caring. He knew we both had quick wit and humor. He once asked me what my wishes were, when I told him a funny response, he said really?? I said sure why not, then I smiled and he laughed and almost fell off his chair, then back to the business at hand we needed to take care of..I am sorry to hear of the passing of a wonderful man. I am sorry Jan and family you have lost your loved one. Cherish your memories and God be with you now and in the future.

Mark & Debbie Mace

November 10, 2013

Know that your entire family & friends are in our thoughts and prayers of comfort.

My friend and colleague Jimmy Shipman: A very genuine, caring and passionate human being. I had the privilege to work along side Jimmy Shipman for many years. I often marveled at his compassion and integrity while he always focused on serving others.

"Although it's difficult for us today to see beyond the sorrow, may all looking back in our memory help comfort us tomorrow"