Eugene Neal Shippy, a charismatic and beloved figure of Pecatonica, Illinois, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2023. Born on August 22, 1939, in Freeport, IL, Eugene's zest for life and contagious laughter touched all who were fortunate enough to cross his path. A loyal friend, Eugene was known for his generous spirit and funny anecdotes that kept everyone around him entertained.\n\nEugene had a career in the steel industry, having worked with J Rubin till his retirement in 2005. His robust personality and extraordinary sales skills made him a respected figure in his profession. As a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, Eugene's passion extended beyond his work, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was a man of faith, and his love for his family and friends was evident in his every action. As the saying goes, "A man's true wealth is the good he does in this world," and Eugene was a rich man indeed.\n\nHe was an avid Cubs and Bears fan who loved to follow local band and choral concerts as well as sporting events. His love of the Chicago Cubs and life-long friendship with Kent Kloepping led to the two of them penning a chronicle of the 2016 World Series run. The end result was a book entitled "A Century's Long Journey to the Day of Redemption". He looked forward to extended family functions, reminiscing with his cousins, and was a proud and active member of the Dakota Class of 1957. Gene was a devoted parishioner of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Pecatonica.\n\nHe is survived by daughter Deborah Shippy; sons Paul (Melissa) Shippy, Neal (Michelle) Shippy; grandchildren Ethan, Cailyn and Carson; sister Mary Shippy, brother Dennis (Mary) Shippy and sister-in-law Barbara Shippy; numerous nieces and nephews. \nEugene was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Nellie (Blackmore) Shippy, and his dear wife, Beth, whom he married on January 3, 1970; brothers Leland Shippy, Jr.; Donald Shippy and James Shippy.\n\nEugene's charismatic spirit will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.\n\nA visitation will be held at McCorkle Funeral Home- Pecatonica Chapel, 203 W.5th St from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2023. A funeral Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with a committal ceremony to follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL.\n\nWe invite all who knew Eugene to share their memories and photos of him on his memorial page by visiting https://mccorklefuneralhome.com/obituaries/eugene-shippy. His life was a tapestry of beautiful moments, and we encourage you to help us weave that tapestry together. Your stories, pictures, and tributes will serve as a reminder of Eugene's impactful life and will help us all remember the joy he brought into the world.