Ron Shipley

Profile Updated: March 22, 2021
What year did you Graduate? 1959
Military Service: U.S. Navy  
Where have you lived and where do you live now? VERNDALE, MN USA
Married, divorced, single? Married
Kids, Grandkids, Great Grandkids? Tell us about them: 8 children (wife and myself both had 4 children by previous marriages. We have none of our own.
15 More…Grandchildren
17 Great Grandchildren w/2 'on the way'
Still working or retired? Highlights you want to share: Medically Retired - 1992
Yes! Attending Reunion
What years did you attend FUHS?

1955 thru 1957
Graduated w/GED - US Navy 1959

What Elementary School Did You Attend?

Ford Elementary
Wilshire Jr. High School

Ford became a retirement home.
Sadly, Wilshire is gone!

Tell us about your life and travels since FUHS:

Nothing Spectacular

1958 - 1966 US Navy; Special Ops
Traveled all of SE Asia, Australia, Japan, and Taiwan (Formosa), Africa, Central America, and more...

1966 -1969 Worked for Totten Tubes; steel tubular warehouse

1969 - 1975 Fireman/Paramedic - Houston, Texas area
Worked "oil patch" for about 15 years; traveled a lot in United States, Africa, and South America.

1975-1984  Cross country tanker truck driver; all 48 states and 1/2 of Canada
1984-1986 Cross country driver for Coor's Beer out of Golden, Colorado

1986-1988 Back to work for Totten: injured back 1988. 3 surgeries in 14 months, 1990 & 1991. Medical retirement...officially February 1992

Best FUHS School Memories:

Many of my classmates; male and female, plus 99% of the teachers.

Who Was Your Favorite Teacher?

Coach Jim Bush; F.U.H.S., honestly the fairest and honest man whom I've ever known.

Special Note: Ford Elementary
Mr. Moore, 5th grade, Ford Elementary...Great motivator for all of us in his class and an awesome teacher.
Special notice to: Mrs Baumgartner, 4th grade (deceased) and to Mrs. Meager, 6th grade.

Ron's Recent Comments

Dec 01, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Want to say "hello" and a BIG "Shout Out" to all my classmates from Ford, Wilshire Jr. High, and F.U.H.S. Hope that you are all doing good; you're well, safe, and happy...

8-12-2019 So sad to see the list of classmates we have lost; and the list keeps growing. Honest remember of just how fragile and quickly life stops. Yet, no matter, they remain in our minds and hearts as reminders of our youth and so many varied experiences we had shared. Stay in touch with those friends that is so important.

Apr 12, 2015 at 3:37 AM

Just something for all of us to think about...
This situation should never ever happen in this country!