James L. Shipman

Born: Sun., Sep. 16, 1962
Died: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 11, 2018
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Feb. 11, 2018
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mr. James “Jim” LeRoy Shipman, age 55, of Lawrenceville, IL moved on to meet our Lord and Savior on Monday, February 5, 2018 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital, Evansville, IL following several weeks of failing health.

Born September 16, 1962 in Robinson, IL, he was the son of LeRoy and Julia Eileen (Spade) Shipman.  He attended the Flat Rock Missionary Baptist Church, Flat Rock, IL.

Jim is survived by his mother Julia Shipman, Lawrenceville, IL; one sister, Jessie York, Fort Branch, IN; three nieces, Bree Hensley, Sumner, IL, Echo Hensley, Denham Springs, LA, Casi Adams, Sumner, IL and many great nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his father, LeRoy Shipman.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday February 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with Pastor Jeff Brinkman officiating.  Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until time of service at 3:00 PM at the funeral home.  Following Funeral Services, cremation rites will be accorded and interment will take place at a later date in the Hardinville Cemetery, Hardinville, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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David Wakefield
   Posted Wed February 07, 2018
I went to school with Jim at Palestine. He usually sat a couple seats in front of me. Always seemed easy going and was funny.

Rick Loomis
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
I never met Mr Shipman face to face, but we had a lot of correspondences by email. We were friends at first, then not so friendly. But he was a very talented individual with a lot of imagination, and a big fan of my game Tunnels & Trolls. My sympathy to his friends and relatives.

Tom K Loney
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
James was a friend in the late 90s and early Oughts. He knew what he wanted.

Bernard Assaf
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
I just found out last night about Jim's passing. I hope his family will accept my sincerest condolences. Jim and I started corresponding by e-mail and Internet message boards in 2000 through a shared love of science fiction, fantasy and role playing games, after we met in an online gaming forum. Over the past 18 years we spent many, many hours collaborating on stories, games, and other creative projects. He was as loyal and dedicated as an online friend could be, and worked himself into my extended family, frequently participating in family jokes and phrases, and often claiming he was my brother from another mother. Even though the past few years our online interactions had quieted down, he continued to send me birthday cards every year, and random packages of books, games and other goodies, even though I rarely returned the favor! A couple of other notable fond memories: before my little brother got married, I had mentioned the upcoming celebration to Jim. A few days later he mailed me $100 cash to help with the bachelor party. Another time, I casually mentioned I didn't have a CD player other than the one in my car. The next week a huge box arrived in the mail--a CD player boom box and CDs to enjoy on it. These are just a few examples of how he always seemed to be looking for opportunity to be generous without expecting anything in return. In the games we played together online, Jim would often take on the persona of a lovable, mischievous but fiercely loyal hobbit who was always getting into trouble, who also always ready with a joke, and was committed to defending his friends to the end (and beyond). It was how he acted out his characters in the games, but now that I think about it, was also how he lived his life. I didn't know much about him in real life, but I didn't really need to; he was a good friend all the same. Rest in peace, Jim "Shipy the Cunning" Shipman!

David Assaf IV
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
I will never meet Jim in person now, but over the years, we wrote many online games and stories that continue to entertain. His imagination was boundless, and our collaboration was tremendous fun.

Now Jim was a polarizing personality who made some bad decisions and enemies in life, but I will remember him as a fiercely loyal friend. He never forgot my birthday. Or Christmas cards. We would frequently sign off our chats this way: [Jim] Hug the wife and kids for me! [Me] Wife: "Who's Jim?". It was our in-joke, for none of us knew him from Adam (but my son probably knew him as well as I did, having read all of the stories we authored!).

I knew Jim was sick, but he didn't let on how serious it was. Fortunately, I told him how much I valued his friendship before he died. And I think he would have been amused to no end to hear that my son named the hero of his first sci-fi novelette after him. Goodbye, Shipy.

Ira Lee Gossett
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
I only knew Jim from 2 games he hosted at BFT, but thought he was a real good guy and a great DM.

Kurt Romig
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I knew Jim only through our email collaborations on several Tunnels & Trolls projects, a game which was bettered through his contribution despite the drama. I will miss the adventures shared in the cozy comfort of the Blue Frog Tavern. So long Shippy.

Andy 'Boozer' Holmes
   Posted Sun March 25, 2018
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts and condolences to his family. Jim and I corresponded for many years and worked together on many gaming products. Sadly this came to an end but I was saddened to hear of his passing. RIP 'Shippy'

David Assaf IV
   Posted Mon March 26, 2018
Several of Jim's players have posted their condolences at the Gamma World site where he ran some of his online games. I have reposted them here so that his family and friends know that he was legendary to his fans.

David: It saddens me to write that our GM has passed on. Filling his shoes will be like putting the pin back in a torc grenade. So long Jim, and thanks for all the adventures in Gamma Terra and beyond. You will be missed terribly.

Pony: Oh damn. He wasn't much older than me! I still read the books about our adventures from the game so far. My condolences all around.

Johnathan: I loved James. He published my solo "The Rhule of Barth" in Hobbit hole #25. Anyway, I share your grief.

George: So sad to hear! Jim was a great GM with a wonderful gift of crafting marvelous adventures! He will be sorely missed!

Bill: He was truly unique in my experience (40 years playing RPGs) and ran the e-mail game in the manner of a gifted professional. I can only imagine that he was similarly excellent in his personal life. Godspeed, James. Awenestika!

Elizabeth: Very sad to hear of Jim's passing.

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