Former Globe-Miami resident A.J. Shipman, 85, died Sept. 23, 2012, at his home in Tucson, Ariz.
A.J. was a loving husband and father to his family. He joked about loving horses, dogs and people, and in that order. His interests and hobbies included horses, horse-trading, collecting guns and story-telling. A.J. never met a stranger and had a nickname for everyone.
A.J. was born on Feb. 12, 1927, in Coleman, Texas to Mary Frances and James Edward Franklin Shipman. He was a Veteran of World War II, where he served in the Navy as a fireman. During his years in Miami, Ariz., A.J. worked at the Miami Commercial Station, drove a tanker-truck for Texaco and worked for Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company, (now Freeport-McMoRan) both at the Christmas Mine in Winkelman, Ariz. as well as the leaching plant in Miami, Ariz. A.J. retired from Inspiration in 1984 at the age of 55. He and Joyce lived in the Globe-Miami area until 2009 when they moved to Tucson, Ariz. to be closer to their children.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce; two daughters, two sons and their spouses, Peggy and John Beaston, Gary and Judy Shipman, Bruce Shipman and Gary Jones and Sandy and Bob Ostberg. He also is survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Joyce Shipman at Hundred Palms, 102 S. Sherwood Village Drive #2327, Tucson, AZ 85710.
A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Hudgel’s Swan Funeral Home, 1335 S. Swan Rd., Tucson, Ariz.