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Hoosier Sugarmaker Dies

Kenneth Shipley was a founding member of the Indiana Maple Syrup Association and he served as director, president and treasurer of the organization for many years



Kenneth Shipley, 61 of Gaston, Indiana passed away February 3. Kenny was well known throughout the maple belt due to his extensive travels to visit sugar camps in the U. S. and Canada. Kenny was instrumental in starting the Indiana Maple Syrup Association and served as its first president. He was a long time director and treasurer of IMSA. Kenny was also largely responsible for the Indiana Maple Syrup Association's participation in the Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair.

He was a veteran of the U.S. navy, a farmer, and a school bus driver fro 31 years. He was born August 23, 1946 near Gaston and spent his entire lifetime on the family farm. Kenny was a member of the Gaston United Methodist Church, Gaston Lions Club, Gaston American Legion, Delaware County Farm Bureau and a director of the Thompson Cemetery.

He is survived by his twin brother Keith Shipley (wife Donna) and Robert Shipley (wife-Janet); two neices, Marie Lininger (husband-Gary) and Trisha Wormee; and one nephew, Tom Shipley.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday February 7, 2008at the Gant Funeral Home, Gaston Chapel. Burial will follow in the Thompson Cemetery, west of Gaston. Friends may call Wednesday 4:00 - 8:00 and one hour prior to services. Memorials may be sent to the Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Muncie or the Gaston United Methodist Church.