LAWTON, Ok -- Graveside services for Rudell Shipp, 84, were Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Fort Sill National Cemetery with Ed Lowery officiating under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
He passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Rudell was born Sept. 16, 1933, in Maud, OK, to his parents, Lucindy Brown Shipp and Jimmie S. Shipp. Rudell attended Sequoyah Orphan Training School (SOTS) in Tahlequah at the age of 10 (6th grade 1947) due to his mother's death. He, his brother (Cecil) and sister (GayDon) went to Sequoyah together, leaving two younger sisters in the care of relatives to join them at a later date.
He graduated from Sequoyah Vocational School (name changed in 1945) with the Class of 1953 and immediately joined the Army. He was a sports enthusiast and followed Sequoyah football and basketball teams and was so proud when they earned the gold ball in basketball. He served 27 years in the Army and received several awards during his tenure. He attained the rank of Master Sergeant and had tours of duty in Korea, Italy and Germany. He was very proud of his travels to White Plains, NM, to launch the "Honest John Rockets" and always had a twinkle in his eye when he would reminisce about these launches.
Rudy was an inspiration to his younger siblings and his family (aunts and uncles) who verbalized that they thought that he was a wonderful person for caring for his younger siblings. Your family will always remember and cherish the fond memories with you. We will miss you.
He is survived by his wife Aliki, of the home; a stepdaughter, Natasha Amperiadou, Albuquerque, NM; and stepson Leo Rose, Lawton, OK; and three step-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two sisters, Gay Don Shipp Sweeney (Seq.Class of 1956), Tulsa, Mary Louise Shipp Lowery (Seq.Class of 1960) and brother-in-law, Edward Lowery (Seq.Teacher 1957-70), Muskogee; and sister-in-law, Eva Shipp, Lutz, FL.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Althea Shipp; one sister, Sandra Kay Shipp Moore (Seq.Class of 1958), Lawrence, KS, and one brother, Cecil Shipp (Seq.Class of 1954 ~ Teacher-Principal 1961-1981), Lutz, FL; and one favorite niece, Lucinda Obregon of Tulsa.
He will always be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews for his kindness, sense of humor and always being "matter of fact" in many of his statements.