Martin Shimp, age 90, of Hamilton, Ill., died Aug. 20 in the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1917 in Naperville, Ill., the son of Martin Pearce Shimp and Edna Mae Smith. On Feb. 5, 1944 he married Lorayne Beckman. She preceded him in death on Oct. 24, 2006.
He is survived by: two daughters, Patti Starr and her husband Ron of Nauvoo, Ill. and Sally Henderson and her husband Gene of Hamilton, Ill.; and five grandchildren, Matthew (Susan) Starr of Nauvoo, Ill., Magen (Jon) Eller of North Carolina, Kathleen (Keith) Hamby of North Carolina and Anna and Kyle Henderson of Hamilton, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lorayne of 62 years, and son Kenneth John Shimp.
As a youth he enjoyed football, fishing and being a Centennial Beach lifeguard. He attended Iowa Teachers College (Northern Iowa University) and played football with two championship teams. He was an avid, lifelong football fan.
On Jan. 16, 1942, he entered the Army Air Corp and was stationed at Moody Field in Valdosta, Ga. where he served as a staff sergeant and physical trainer. He married Lorayne Beckman on Feb. 5, 1944. The couple returned to Naperville in 1945 where he worked as a carpenter.
In 1979 they retired to Eureka Springs, Arkansas where he spent many hours gardening, fishing, woodworking, camping and sharing his stories. In 2002. he and Lorayne moved to the Hamilton, Ill. area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. He then resided with his daughter Sally and family in rural Hamilton in 2004 until his death.
Dad, Grandpa and friend will be fondly remembered for his many, many life stories, and his spontaneous and infectious sense of humor. He was a man who truly enjoyed life!
Cremation rites were accorded. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. at Golden's Point Christian Church with Kurt Smith officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Naperville Cemetery at Naperville, Ill.
The family requests memorials in memory of Martin Shimp be made to the Naperville American Legion Post #43, World War II Veterans National Memorial and Golden's Point Christian Church.