Deloris Lucille Dahle Shipman Pitkin

June 28, 1945 - January 22, 2019

Deloris Lucille  Dahle Shipman Pitkin


 Deloris Lucille Dahle Shipman Pitkin, 73, of Belvidere Illinois, died peacefully January 22, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois. She was born to Clarence and Lillian (Oddson) Dahle, June 28, 1945, in Algona, Iowa. She loved her older brothers:  Merwyn (Judy) and Ron (Paulette).  Deloris graduated from Britt High School and Iowa State University. She moved to Belvidere in 1967 and taught Home Economics at Belvidere Jr. High School and Belvidere Central Middle School for 36 years. Deloris taught English as a Second Language, Continuing Education night classes, and “Whiz Kids” classes for Rock Valley College for several years.  She later became Rock Valley College’s director for Continuing Education.  Deloris was the librarian at Immanuel Lutheran School for six years and worked at Ida Public Library for six years.

Deloris was married to Roland A. Shipman for 34 years. Their son Roland A.E. Shipman II was born on his Dad’s birthday in 1978.  She loved her “son-RAE” with all her heart.  Roland passed away March 2, 2000. Their son, RAE, married his sweetheart, Stephanie, and they gave Dee two grandchildren, Sophia and Roland III.  She was married to Milo Pitkin for 10 years, who passed July 12, 2012.

She liked to visit and retell stories with her Dahle and Shipman families from Iowa.  She built an extensive network of friends in her 50+ years in Belvidere.  Her favorite hobby was crafting beautiful hand-made cards for all occasions.  She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for many years, and enjoyed bringing friends to Immanuel North to help grow that location.     

A memorial service, celebrating Deloris’s life, will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Saturday, January 26, 2019, at noon.  Lunch and fellowship to immediately follow.  Funeral services to be held around her birthday in Iowa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to a scholarship fund in her name. 

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So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in our Saviour Jesus Christ and may he fill your hearts with peace.

Kimberly Baldon 2019-01-28T18:48:29

We are so sorry for your loss. We just started to get to know Deloris and Dale when we moved to their neighborhood. Deloris was so friendly and kind and she will be missed.

The Fasano Family 2019-01-27T10:59:56

I knew Delores as Dee for all of the years she and Roland “Yogi” were friends of my parents Ward and Dorothy. Roland worked with my Dad at Green Giant Co with my Dad retiring in 1980 after 30+ years. Working summers there I too became friends of Rolands and have never met a friendlier person than he. Dee will be missed for she made her mark in Belvidere in teaching and working as a librarian and in knowing so many others.

Dave Davis 2019-01-26T17:17:16

I have such great memories of “Mrs. Shipman” from junior high where she was my Home Economics teacher. She was an amazing teacher. She taught me how to sew. I still wear the apron I made in her class!! I think of her every time I wear it!!! She was so elegant and beautiful, always looked classy! Then I got the opportunity to work with her at Central. She was equally as amazing as a colleague as she was my teacher. Students really enjoyed her class! She definitely touched the lives of many students, including me!! Peace to her memory!

Laurie Lutzow Ramboldt 2019-01-26T09:15:31

I was blessed, to know Deloris, when working at the Junior High. She was such a kind, caring, humble person who put others ahead of herself. She helped me learn how to operate a computer, at the Junior high. She brought workers Amish bread for maintenance people when she worked Whizz kids programs, She was on the bus trip, the church took to Chicago, to see the Dead Sea scrolls from the Holy land, on exhibit at the Chicago Field museum. She put her faith into action.

Randy Baxter 2019-01-25T21:52:21

Our family was blessed to have her in our lives again since she and my brother, Dale, reconnected and lived their lives together in love the last few years. Such a kind and talented lady. She will be greatly missed by all our family.

Barbara J Brcka 2019-01-25T17:28:56

RAE I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person and I am very blessed to have met her and know her in my younger years. May God bless you and give you strength in this time of grievance.

Michelle Keating Lawrence 2019-01-25T17:25:52

RAE, your Mom touched our lives as teens in the home ec. class and then I had the privilege to work under her with Whiz Kids and with her at ILS. Her passing leaves a hole in my heart, but I rejoice that her new home is heaven. Hold on to that. God bless.

Mark and Kim Zierke 2019-01-25T13:05:03

Your mother was a wonderful teacher.I had her in junior high,she was such a classy lady.Beaytiful smile and so patient with us girls.I have run into her a couple of tmes and she always remembered my name .May she rest in peace.My one son played high school baseball with Ray.

Jodi Michaud 2019-01-25T12:23:05

Deloris was such a wonderful woman. I waited on her at Shopko and enjoyed our conversations. A very sweet lady who is sure to be missed.
With Deepest Sympathy – Kathy Mechler

Kathy Mechler 2019-01-25T12:15:29

What a generous and kind soul! Your life was a testimony of God’s grace. You will be greatly missed, my friend! We love you!

Carl and Linda Jurgens 2019-01-25T11:13:19

We are so sorry to hear of Deloris’s passing she was one of the kindest people on earth. Our loss in heavens gain. May God hold you in his loving arms till you are reunited with your mom and dad again in heaven.

The Daniels' family 2019-01-25T08:19:13

This is so sad to hear…RIP Mrs. Shipman you were a wonderful person who touched many hearts not to mention an AMAZING teacher!! You definitely taught me alot!! Fly high with the Angels Mrs. Shipman til we meet again ❤

Deana Yunk Ghastin 2019-01-25T06:29:55

Deloris will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. However, she will live on in all the love and memories she shared with us. She approached life with a very positive attitude and always had a smile and kind words for everyone she met. She was a great example of Christian living that we all could learn from. She and her family were very special neighbors of ours on West Court in Belvidere for many years, and we were blessed to call them family and have them in our lives. We will be there for RAE and his family whenever they need us. Goodbye for now, but we will see you later our dear friend.

Jerry and Linda Swinter 2019-01-24T20:07:13

We lived next door to Deloris for many years in Poplar Grove until our move to South Carolina for retirement and warmth. She was a wonderfully kind person who loved her family very much She will be missed by all her friends. We kept in touch and she told me about the pending surgery. I commented that I wished we still lived next door so that I could help. We will not be able to make the trip back for her service but our thoughts and prayers will be with RAE and Deloris’s entire family.

Karen and Jerry Juszak 2019-01-24T18:52:51

Mrs Shipman was an Awesome teacher. I Loved her so much. I had her for a teacher. Prayers for her family. She was a wonderful Beautiful Lady. So very Sorry for your loss. God Bless.

Vicki Odegard Wenger 2019-01-24T18:25:40

We are so sorry to hear of Delores’s passing.She was a wonderful ,sweet person.I saw her at the Woman’s Club Luncheon in October.Her tables were decorated beautifully.Very impressive.Roland worked with LeRoy at Green Giant for many years..We loved your mom and dad.We prayed for her last week when we heard she was gravely ill.Will continue to pray for you R.A.E. and your family. Unfortunately we have another engagement on Saturday..See me so sad for you all.Love to you and your family.💜💗💜

LeRoy and Linda Blum 2019-01-24T16:39:12


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