Herbert R. Shipley, 89, founder of trucking company, dies

Herbert R. Shipley, a career truck driver who founded Shipley Transport, died Wednesday of heart failure at his Westminster home. He was 89.

The son of farmers Harvey R. Shipley and Mamie Gist Shipley, Herbert Raymond Shipley was born and raised on the family farm in Smallwood, Carroll County.


Mr. Shipley attended Westminster High School and drove for years for H. Lamont Shipley Transfer in Reisterstown until establishing his own trucking company, Shipley Transport, in 1980.

The Sykesville-based trucking company, which serves 48 states, Quebec and Canada, specializes in transporting liquid polymers and bulk freight in its fleet of tank trucks.

Mr. Shipley stepped down as president of the company in 2006. It is now operated by his son, Raymond E. Shipley of Westminster.

The elder Mr. Shipley had been an active member and supporter of the Maryland Truck Association.

A lifelong active member of Deer Park United Methodist Church, Mr. Shipley served in various capacities, including as a trustee of the building committee and a member of the cemetery board.

He was also an active member of The Shipleys of Maryland, a family organization. He was an Orioles fan and enjoyed attending games.

Mr. Shipley was a lifelong supporter of the Carroll County 4-H Fair cake auction.

Trucking was not only his profession, but also a hobby, according to his wife of 70 years, the former Ruth E. Poole.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at his church, 2205 Sykesville Road, Westminster.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Shipley is survived by two daughters, Barbara S. Cober of Ellicott City and Joyce E. Sanders of Waynesboro, Pa.; two brothers, Floyd K. Shipley and H. Larry Shipley, both of Westminster; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen