John Shipps

John L. Shipps, 98, of Iola and formerly of Topeka died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at Windsor Place in Iola.
He was born June 16, 1911, in Centropolis, the son of Joseph and Ruby (Van Briggle) Shipps.
He was married to Ruth Davis on April 3, 1937. In 1947 they moved to Topeka where he worked for Martin Tractor Company as a field service mechanic. They divorced in 1971. She died in August 2002. He moved to Iola in 1971, continuing to work for Martin Tractor Company as a parts representative until his retirement in 1978.
He married Irene Botham on June 26, 1978.
She survives, as does a daughter, Sharon Keegan, Topeka; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Seven brothers, three sisters and by a son, Gary B., died earlier.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Valley Brook Cemetery four miles south of Overbrook.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Iola’s senior citizens center, 204 N. Jefferson.
Visitation will also be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel, 2843 S.E. Minnesota Ave., Topeka.
Memorials to American Diabetes Association may sent to Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel in Chanute, which is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message for the family online visit