R. Clyde "RC" Shipley

June 5, 1940 ~ October 12, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

R. Clyde "RC" Shipley Obituary

R. Clyde "R.C." Shipley was born in Drexel, Missouri on June 5, 1940, to Clyde and LaVerna (VanMeter) Shipley. He passed away on Thursday, October 12, in Duncan at the age of 83.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, October 21, at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home/Oakcrest Cremation Center.

After graduating from Drexel High School, R.C. he received his Bachelor's Degree from Missouri Valley College and graduated from Central Missouri State with a Master's Degree. Along with teaching and serving as principal, R.C. had a very successful coaching career. While coaching basketball at two Missouri high schools, his record was 146 wins and 39 losses with 2 state tournament appearances. R.C. coached at the collegiate level for Missouri Southern State College with a record of 163 wins and 77 losses and 3 national tournament appearances. He then served as assistant head coach for Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. He helped coach teams to 2 national tournament appearances. In the 1978-1979 season, the team made it to the semifinals and then in the 1979-1980 season all the way to the National Championship. They were ranked nationally in the top five for 3 years.

Before retiring, R.C. mentored many principals, coaches, and superintendents not to mention the countless students and athletes that he came into contact with. He empowered people to believe in themselves and be better than they thought they could be. He was steadfast in his ideas and once his mind was set on what was right there was no changing his way of thinking.

When not coaching or teaching, R.C. enjoyed playing golf and building things. He will be missed by all who knew him.

R.C. was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, DeLana Shipley; and nephew, Jacob Shipley.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Shipley; children: Kevin Shipley and wife Angela, Matthew Shipley, Mike Fiorillo and wife Jan, Anthony Fiorillo and wife Vickie; grandchildren: Robert Charles Shipley and wife Megan, Dena Page and husband Aaron, Jana Marks and husband Adam, Anthony (Tony) Fiorillo and wife Casedy, Tiffany Taylor Dillon and husband Zach; great-grandchildren: Sarah Shipley, Jackson Seeberger, Jadyn and James Schilling, Jentry Seeberger, Maelyn Marks, Emme Marks, Zella Marks, Elliott Fiorillo, Rocco Fiorrillo, Foster Dillon, and Indie Dillon; brothers, J.M. Shipley and wife Eileen and Van Vernon Shipley and wife Joy.

The family requests that no flowers be sent, but that donations be made to the Missouri Valley College Athletic Department, 500 E. College St., Marshall, MO, 65340.

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