Charles Dixon Shipley

July 8, 1936 - May 10, 2020

Charles D. Shipley, age 83, of Cape Coral, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020. 

Charlie was the son of Ira and Velma Shipley.  He was born in Springfield, Illinois on July 8, 1936.  He graduated from Springfield High School and attended the University of Illinois.  He is survived by four stepchildren, Annette Hess, Danny Mahair, Bruce Mahair and Shelly Lula; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  Also surviving is his brother, Warren Shipley; and sister, Vicki Wallace. 

Charlie was a member of the Order of DeMolay, Springfield Jaycees, Springfield and Sangamon County rescue squads.  He also was the President of the Rocky Mountain Morgan Horse Club and a member of the Lions and Elks.  He is past President of Mini-De-Lights Miniature Club of Fort Myers, Florida.  Charlie was a Director of Camden county, Civil Defense and later accepted an appointment from the Governor of the State of Missouri in the Directors Office of Civil Defense. 

For the past 38 years, Charlie was a professional Community Manager and has worked with condominiums in the State of Florida since April 1982.  He always called a spade a spade and a shovel a shovel; but enjoyed life to it’s fullest.  Life is a game and he played it well.  His favorite hobbies were miniatures and fishing. 

There are no formal services planned. 

Memorial Contributions and Donations in memory of Charlie Shipley are suggested to J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge of Sanibel, Florida.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Brian and Eva Devericks May 12, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Rest Easy Grandpa Charlie

  2. Tara Melhouse May 12, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Rest easy Charlie. You are a huge part of my childhood and the memories I carry of you and Rosie bring so much joy. You were truly one of a kind!

  3. Peter & Barbara DeFreitas May 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    We send sincere condolences to the family. Having only met Uncle Charlie and Rosemary once, we fondly remember them as being so interesting and involved in life. They were so kind to our daughter & Booth Family. Rest In Peace.

  4. Annette Hess May 15, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Hope you are back to fussing with mom! You two were something else. You led a full life. Had lots of adventures. Raised 4 kids which 3 of us were young teens. Surely there is a medal for that! RIP I am sure you can do all the fishing you want now. Thanks for everything! Love Annette and Ronnie

  5. Christine Roy May 16, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I will miss your hugs Hurricane Charlie!! I always lighted up when you came into Home Depot you are soo loved by everyone you touch! Rest In Peace Hurricane Charlie!

  6. Brett Booth May 22, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Charlie, I am so happy and honored that I got to rekindle a relationship with you over the past 16 years. It meant so much to me that you got to spend time all those years with my girls and the great dinners we would have. We looked forward to seeing you, Rosie and Bruce every trip.
    I always looked to you as someone who went and lived your adventure. You are a great uncle and one who I loved deeply.
    Rest easy. I will never forget you. Love, Brett, Karen, Abby and Bridget.

  7. Linda Marshall-LaSusa May 24, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    I worked with my friend Charlie at Home Depot. We spent a lot of time talking about our families, politics and life. Always showing me pictures of his family and how proud he was of everyone. Spoke a lot about his sweet wife and how much he missed her. I am so sorry for your loss and will miss Charlie a lot. Prayers and hugs to all 💜

  8. Vicki Wallace Jun 6, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the memories big brother. You always had a big heart. Love and will miss you. I take comfort you’re no longer in pain and you are with Rosie once again. xoxoxo love and prayer Sis

  9. Whitney Marchese Jun 28, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Charlie was an absolute light in this world! I will miss our frequent talks.

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