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Zane Gray Shippy
(February 26, 1923 - October 2, 2013)

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Zane Gray Shippy

U.S. Veteran

Zane G. Shippy, age 90, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on October 2, 2013. Zane worked for Braniff Airlines for 38 years, was a WWII Darby’s Army Ranger and very active with the Hot Air Ballooning Community. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Jean Ann (Francoli); son, David R. and sister, Hope (John) Heffernan. Zane is survived by his children, Laura Shippy, Curt (Jolie) Shippy, Mary Shippy and Charles (Lori) Shippy; grandchildren, Angela (Ryan), Travis, Brian (Jessie), Jason and Cara. A Memorial Services will be held 11 AM Friday October 11, 2013 at the White Funeral Home Chapel, 12804 Nicollet Ave S. Burnsville (952-894-5080) with a gathering of family and friends 1 hr. prior to service. Interment, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to be donated to the Fisher House for veterans families.

Zane was born at home in Hinton, IA. On Oct. 19, 1949 he married Jean (Francoli) in Sioux City, IA. He enlisted in The Iowa National Guard in 1939. In 1942 call went out for volunteers to join a newly formed American Army Rangers that were to be modeled after the British Commandos. He was chosen to serve in the Darby’s Rangers and saw action in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was given a medical discharge in 1944 when the 1st, 3rd and 4th, Battalions were deactivated after sustaining heavy casualties at Anzio. He received a Bronze Star, 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Presidential Unit Citations and the American order of the French Croix De Guerre. Zane returned to Sioux City, IA and worked for Mid-continent which was bought by Braniff International Airlines for 38 years. Then transferred to Chicago, IL and in 1962 moved his family to Burnsville, MN. He was also active in the ballooning community crewing for his son's (Curt) balloon The Phoenix. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved the outdoors. His wisdom and great outlook on life will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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