Obituary Details

Cody Daniel Shippen

(11/11/1886 - 03/19/1927)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 03/31/1927

The community is again shocked by the passing from our midst of a long-time and well-known resident.

On Saturday morning, March 19, Cody Shippen met tragic death from the discharge of a .22 rifle. Mrs. Shippen, who was in the kitchen of the home at the time, heard the shot and going immediately in the room found her husband lying on the floor and the rifle nearby, which had discharged as he was taking it from a corner in which firearms were kept.

Aid was summoned at once, but the bullet had entered the body just above the heart, taking life in a short while. A coroner's inquest was held as soon as possible by Coroner Hoffman of Douglas and the jury, consisting of Tom York, Ed Davies and Earl Eutsler, rendered a verdict of accidental death.

Cody Daniel Shippen was born at Lebanan, Kans. November 11, 1886.

He moved from there with his parents to Manville, Wyoming in 1887 and since that time has lived in this community, attending the schools in and around Manville.

He was married to Miss Daisy Howard in Manville, December 8, 1909. They located on his homestead, three miles northeast of Lost Springs where they engaged in the stock business until three years ago when they moved to Mrs. Shippen's girlhood home, known as the Robert Howard ranch, one mile southwest of Lost Springs where they continued in the stock business until the time of his death.

He loved Wyoming and the West and will be remembered by all the old-timers as he rode and worked on the range with them.

At the time of his death he was 40 years, 4 months and 8 days of age. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and three children, Ruth, 15; Russell, 9, and Rena, 5 years of age; three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Baughn of Manville, Mrs. Mamie Rogers of Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. Ina Osborne of Midwest, Wyo.; two brothers, Walter, of California and Albert of Kaycee, Wyo., also six nephews and five nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and twin sisters, all being laid to rest in Manville.

He joined the Woodman lodge at Manville on March 31, 1905 in which organization he continued until death.

Cody was a boy of a loving disposition and a big heart. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances. To know him was to love him. He was a good, kind and loving husband, father, and brother and will be sadly missed by all. Everyone, even strangers received a hearty welcome at this home. He would give of the last he had to help anyone in need.

A touching service at the Methodist church in Manville, conducted by the Rev. N. W. Crowell of Keeline, preceded the interment made in Manville cemetery. C.H. Hoffman of Douglas had charge of the body.

The pall bearers were Ray Baughn, Earl Eutsler, Carl Hahn, Ray Valentine, Chas. Henderson and Bennie Baker, all of whom grew to manhood with Mr. Shippen and continued lifetime friends and companions.

A great abundance of beautiful flowers bespoke of the respect and esteem in which he was held.

Mr. Manorgan, Mrs. Ros Blair and Mrs. Jim Kennedy had charge of the flowers and the nice arrangement of these proved their efficiency in this work.

The music was touchingly and beautifully rendered by a Manville quartette consisting of H.D. Howard, Rass Baughn, Mrs. Rassmussen and Mrs. Schmere.

Although inclement weather prevailed, it was one of the largest funerals ever held in this community.

Dearest loved one, we have laid thee
In the peaceful grave's embrace,
but thy memory we shall cherish
Till we see thy heavenly face.

- His Sister, Jessie Baughn.

The Lusk Herald
March 24, 1927

Word was received in Lusk last Saturday of the tragic death of Cody Shippen, aged 40 years, at his ranch home, three miles south of Lost Springs. It was first reported that he had taken his own life, but a coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death after an investigation. In the act of removing a loaded .22 calibre rifle from a closet that morning, it is believed that in taking the gun by the barrel, in some manner the hammer was caught on a near-by box, causing the discharge of the gun. The bullet entered the breast and death followed within a short time.

Mr. Shippen was well known to all the old timers, as he with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Shippen, came to Wyoming from Lebanon, Kans., 39 years ago and he has lived most of the intervening years in the vicinity of Manville and Lost Springs.

He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Ruth and Rena, one son, Russell, a brother at Buffalo, this state, and two sisters, Mrs. Carl Baughn of Manville and Mrs. Fred Rogers of Denver, formerly of Lusk. His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Barr of Lost Springs, were held at the ranch home and interment was made in the Manville cemetery.

The Hoffman undertakers of Douglas had charge of funeral arrangements.

The Lusk Herald
March 31, 1927

We wish here to sincerely express appreciation to our many friends and neighbors who so kindly gave of their assistance and sympathy in our great sorrow, the loss of our husband, father and brother. Accept our heartfelt thanks for the acts of kindness, for the beautiful floral offerings and the music. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Mrs. Daisy Shippen and children, Ruth, Russell and Rena.
Mrs. Jessie Baughn.
Mrs. Mamie Rogers.
Mrs. Ina Osborne.
Walter Shippen.
Albert Shippen.

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