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3124 Robinson Drive
Waco, TX 76706
Phone: 254-662-2131
Fax: 254-662-1311
Delona Shiplett

Delona Shiplett

Monday, October 10th, 1921 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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Delona (Pappy) Shiplett, 97, of Waco, passed away Monday July 22, 2019, surrounded by his family. Graveside services will be 10 am Thursday July 25, at Waco Memorial Park, 6623 S I 35, with Larry Reynolds officiating. The family will receive visitors from 5-7 pm Wednesday July 24, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr. Waco.

Delona was born October 10, 1921 to William and Ada (Mink) Shiplett. He served his country in the Army from 1941-1945 during World War II as Military Police in Japan and then the Pacific area in Hawaii. He began a 40 year teaching career in 1949, after graduating with Master Degrees in English and Religion from Baylor. Delona married Alyda M. Groth on January 28, 1950 at Memorial Baptist Church in Waco and they enjoyed 69 wonderful years together. They were blessed with two children, Darrell and Cheryl. He has been a member of Western Heights Church since 1961. Delona enjoyed painting, gardening and being with family, as well as bible school and area small churches.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Clona, Leona, William, Vira Ellen Berryman, and Ann Cavaness.

Delona is survived by his wife Alyda; children, Darrell Shiplett and wife Cheryl Rebecca, and Cheryl Tucker and husband Johnny; brother, Francis and wife Deana; grandchildren, Jarrod Shiplett and wife Suly, Karmae Shiplett, Travis Tucker and wife Karla, Shane Tucker and fiancé Amy, and Holly Tucker; great-grandchild, Joseph, and many nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Dementia Foundation, your favorite bible school program, or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Bluebonnet Hospice and Visiting Angels.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 10:00am
    Waco Memorial Park
    6623 South Interstate Hwy 35
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Waco Memorial Park
    6623 South Interstate Hwy 35
    WACO, TX 76706
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Kathleen Kruse

Posted at 06:13pm
Mr. Shiplett was teaching science at Tennyson Junior High when I was librarian there. He treated everyone -- students, faculty and staff -- with respect. I never heard him raise his voice or seem to be upset about anything. To me, he was one of the anchor people on the campus. He always had a banana in his lunch. It was my understanding that his doctor had recommended it for the potassium. So, though many years have passed by since I met Mr. Shiplett, I think of him at times when I am buying groceries. His attention to diet was probably an important contributor to his long and productive life! He was an honorable, Christian gentleman. I am privileged to have been his colleague. Kathleen Kruse


Posted at 02:23pm
My prayers for each one of Uncle D's family. My most cherished memory is the sound of his voice, he always made me feel better when I left from visiting with him and Aunt Alyda, even a few weeks ago when he didn't know who I was but thanked me for coming by. Love to all, Dolores

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