Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 6, 2018
WALLACE "WALLY" SHIPP
Wallace Eugene Shipp of Broadway, VA passed away on
Tuesday, April 3, 2018.
Wally was a good man born in Washington D.C. He went
directly to serve in WWII after graduating from Western
High School, (1942). He served in the U.S. Coast Guard
as a combat vet. As a medic aboard the USS Callaway,
Wally aided the Army and Marine Troops in six invasions,
including Iwo Jima. At the end of WWII, Wally was honorably discharged with a Bronze
Star for his actions under direct sniper fire. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps where he
was stationed at Camp Pendleton Hospital during the Korean War. He led the USS
Callaway Veterans Organization for 48 years.
After graduating from Georgetown University, Wally continued his government career by
joining the General Services Administration, specializing in Building Management. His
work included two tours at the Pentagon and also tours as Building Manager/Assistant
Building Manager at Fort Meade, The Atomic Energy Commission, and Department of
Agriculture. He proudly retired with 43 years of government service.
Wally had many joys in his life, especially his loving marriage to Dorothy, "Dot". He and
his beloved wife were members of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington D.C. for over 70
years. Everyone who knew him saw him as a faithful man. In 2003, they moved to
Broadway, VA to live on and care for Dot's family farm.
With all of Wally's accomplishments and time away from his family during his government
duties, nothing made him happier than mowing and trimming their farm and watching his
Wally is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ritchie Shipp. They were approaching their 72nd
anniversary at the time of his death. His joy was to see his son, Gene and wife Karen,
daughter Donna; four grandchildren, Kim and husband Ravi, Kelly and husband Sean,
Josh and wife Jennifer, Dorothy, and five great-grandchildren, Jatin, Jonah, Sabrina, Elliot
and Emilia working and playing together. In addition to his his wife, children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Wally is also survived by one brother, Ralph, and
over 25 nieces and nephews.
Wally's family and all who knew him recognized his loving qualities and dedication to his
work, family and friends. He was a good man during his 94 years, and is greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in
Harrisonburg, VA at 2 p.m.
Family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sentara Rockingham Memorial
Hospice at 2000 Beery Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Kyger Funeral Home - Harrisonburg
3173 Spotswood Trail
Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3107