Shannon Carl Whipp, DVM, PhD, passed away peacefully in Decatur County Hospital on May 3, 2017, in Leon, Iowa at the age of 86. “I have had many, many friends, for which I am very thankful.”

Shannon was born on May 3, 1931, with his twin brother Leslie T Whipp in Jacksonville, Florida to Shannon L Whipp and Margaret E Simmons. He graduated from Gary High School in Gary, SD in 1949, and received BS, DVM and PhD degrees from University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He spent most of his professional life at the National Animal Disease Center, Agricultural Research Services, Ames, IA.

Shannon was a farmer, a cowboy, a soldier, a waiter, a dishwasher, a student, a laboratory technician, a veterinarian, a scientist, a golfer, a fisherman, a hunter, a gardener and spent his retirement playing woodsman.

Shannon is survived by his wife, Terry Lynn (Carlson) Whipp; children Margaret Colleen (Meg), Shannon Clay (Shad), Sheridan Russel, R Reed and Sheldon Ward (Boone) Whipp; step children Kammie Friese and Shelly Biladeau; grandchildren Michelle (Whipp) Hanks, Cheyenne Whipp, Wyatt Whipp, Kailyn Whipp; great-granddaughter, Calliope Shannon Hanks; siblings, Linda (Arms) Daniels, Robert F Arms, Walter Whipp, Helen (Whipp) Cooper; former wife, Ruth Avis (Peden) Whipp. He is preceded in death by parents, Margaret E (Simmons) Arms, Shannon L Whipp, Russell Arms (Step-Father); siblings, Leslie T Whipp (Twin), Maedean (Whipp) Scarborough; daughter-in-law Jennifer Whipp; grandson, Dalton Whipp; great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Lynn Grefsrud.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday June 4, 2017 at the Leon Golf & Country Club, 1204 W 1st St, Leon, IA 50144. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Shannon’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

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Arbor Day Foundation -

Condolences can be sent to The family would like to thank all of the staff at the Community Health Center of S Iowa, the Decatur County Hospital and HCI Hospice Care Services of Mt. Ayr for their care. They would also like to thank the Community of Leon for all the support.