On June 21, 1959, Tom Shipley of Olathe and Darlene Cowell of Delta were married at the First Baptist Church in Delta. Tom's military career took them to South Carolina, Maine, Alaska, New Jersey, Utah, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Colorado. He also did tours in Korea and Germany. He retired in 1979 at Fort Polk, La., and the couple returned to Olathe.
Tom and Darlene had four children, Roger (deceased 2009), William (Letha) Shipley, Darla Shipley and Letitia (Brandon) Barber. Their grandchildren are Heather White, Tia Shipley, Preston Shipley, Kalisha Ladd, Amber Ingram, Zayne Shipley, Jacob Adair, Lukus Barber, Warrick Barber, Maddie Shipley and Colton Shipley. They also have seven great-grandchildren.