Harvey Ray Shipman, 80, of Brownsboro, died Friday, March 10, 2017, in Tyler.
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Mr. Shipman was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Hanna, Oklahoma, to the late Ira and Trevel Shipman. He graduated from Hanna High School and served in the United States Air Force. He met and married his wife, Sandra, in 1960 in Austin, and moved to Tyler in 1962. He retired from Kelly Springfield Tire Co. in 1992 after 30 years.
Harvey's favorite hobby was working on and restoring old cars and trucks, of which he had many. He loved flying airplanes, and had his private license and had owned several. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors and his garage. He also enjoyed racing and had done drag racing, circle track racing and had gone to NASCAR races.
He was a member of Sharon Shrine Temple, St. John's Masonic Lodge, United Rubber Workers Local 746, American Legion and the VFW.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Harvey "Ray" Shipman Jr., on Sept. 17, 2002.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra, of 56 years; one son, Mike Shipman, of Chandler; three granddaughters, Chantel Galaz and husband Ruben, of Lindale, Channah Shipman, of Tyler, Chrysta Knutson and husband Josh, of Tyler; one grandson, Austin Shipman, of Kerrville; one great-grandson, Gavin Galaz; and two great-granddaughters, Raleigh and Finley Knutson. He also has another great grandchild on the way.
Harvey and Sandra's love story began in 1959, and continues to this day. Never separated in life, they will not be separated in death. Harvey's ashes will be kept until Sandra joins him, and their combined ashes will be spread together.
Per Harvey's request, there will not be a memorial service.
If desired, please make donations in his memory to one of the following:
, 6977 Main St., Houston, 77030; Shriners Burn Hospital for Children, 815 Market St., Galveston, 77550; The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 12, 2017