Shirley Hipsher, 83

Shirley Ann Hipsher, 83, Wabash, died at 8:45 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born Oct. 17, 1931 in Roann, to Matthew and Emma (Shillinger) Baber.

Shirley graduated from Roann High School in 1949, and from Ball State Teacher's College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Library Science. While attending, she became a Charter Member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.  She married James R. Hipsher in Wabash, at the south side E.U.B. Church on October 24, 1952.  After teaching for one year, the couple moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where her husband was stationed in the U. S. Army.  While in Alaska, she worked for the Civil Service for two years. After starting her family, she became involved with city, county, and state politics.  She was a precinct committeeman, vice-committeeman, and co-chairman of the Wabash Democrat City Committee, coordinator of Wabash County Campaign headquarters, and a delegate to several Indiana Democrat State conventions. She was a supporter of the Izaak Walton League of Wabash County, and several conservation organizations nationwide.  Shirley was also a member of the Gamma Mu Chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Alumni Association. 

She is survived by her husband, James R. Hipsher; three children, Daniel (Pam) Hipsher, Lori (John) Andersen, and Scott Hipsher; all of Wabash; six grandchildren, Jennifer Hipsher, Danielle Hipsher, and Brenna Hipsher, all of Wabash; Devin (Melissa) Griffey, Roann; Dustin Griffey, Fort Wayne; and Brooke Griffey, Wabash; six step grandchildren; and two sisters, Susanne (Dwight) Fouts, Kokomo; and Janice (Mark) Potter, Wheaton, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Derek Griffey.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Kurt Freeman officiating.  Entombment will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are Riley Children's Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.

The memorial guest book for Shirley may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Dec 01