Eric Shipley, Sr.

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Eric Adam Shipley Sr., 48, of Belleville, IL, born September 18, 1971, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, October 4, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Shipley worked as a tattoo artist, often going by the name of EAS-E. He was an animal lover, especially exotic animals, and enjoyed Greek mythology. Eric was a man with a good heart and would do anything for anyone.

He was preceded in death by his two fathers, Steven Shipley and Norman Monroe; maternal grandfather, Bennie Myers Sr.; and his paternal grandparents, John and Maude Shipley.

Eric is survived by his wife, Mary, nee Porter, Shipley;
a daughter, Danielle Matusak of St. Louis, MO;
two sons, Eric Shipley Jr. of Ft. Bragg, NC,
and Lucas Shipley of O’Fallon, IL;
his mother, Bonny Monroe, nee Myers of Belleville, IL;
his maternal grandmother, Betty Darby of Belleville, IL;
six brothers and sisters, Steven (Vicki) Shipley Jr. of Bristow, VA,
Dawn (Walter) Alvey of Freeburg, IL,
Michelle (Barry) Monroe of Belleville, IL,
Norman Jr. (Amie) Monroe of Lenzburg, IL,
Anna (Gregg) Smith of Maryville, IL,
and Mary (Howard) Mister of Belleville, IL;
many nieces and nephews;
and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lucas Shipley Bright Future Fund in care of Mary Shipley. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Celebration of life A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Freedom Farm American Legion Post 58, Freeburg, IL.

According to Eric’s wishes, cremation services will follow.


6 Comments on Eric Shipley, Sr.

Kenneth Sheppard said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2019 at 12:59 AM

I am so sorry my friend that I had no idea what you were going through. I will always love you with all my heart my friend. Godspeed. I will see you again, and you can finish my back. Until we meet again. ?‍☠️?

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
KERRIE MALTER- MOORE said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2019 at 6:28 PM

Eric, you were such a wonderful person, with such an amazing sense of humor. I will never forget all the late nights hanging out while you and Sam sling some ink, or when I hadn't seen you in awhile and you gave me the Good Luck Care Bear, all because you remembered that I was Irish and that this one was particularly hard to find and that you held on to it for a couple of years till you could give it to me in person, I still keep it displayed and always think of you when I look at it, I will never forget your generosity or loving and caring heart. You truley left a mark on my heart and I will never forget you, I prayed to Sam to take care of you when you get there. Fly High Sweet Angel.

  • MO
Jessey Mitchell said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2019 at 4:45 AM

Eric, you will truly be missed by so many including myself. You inspired my love for tattoos,art,and animals. Till the day I am re united with you and grandpa Ben rest easy cuz.

  • Vista
  • California
Brian said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2019 at 11:15 PM

My condolences to the family. I first meet eric through my brother and he gave me my first real ink and never went anywhere else. Will always miss you brother

  • Staunton
  • Il
Richard & Cheryl Stump said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2019 at 9:26 PM

We are better from knowing him...RIP friend.

  • Fairview heights
  • Illinois
Zoe Monroe said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2019 at 9:42 AM

Uncle Eric you will forever and always be loved and missed. You'll forever be remembered for your tattoo work and for your great heart and soul. I love you and miss you. You gave me my first two tattoos and they still look brand new 12 years later. I will forever have you with me through your art work on my body. You are greatly missed and loved

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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