Joseph Ted Shippentower, 41, of Wapato died Friday. Mr. Shippentower was born in Toppenish and was a member of the Yakama Nation. He worked many years as a Hotshots wildland firefighter.
Survivors include two daughters, Tanisha Smiskin and Sodonia Smiskin; his mother, Ramona Smiskin; his father, Thomas Shippentower Sr.; his stepfather, Marlin Fryberg; and 12 siblings, Mary Shippentower, Alissa Jackson, Maggie Shippentower, Tim Shippentower, Stephanie Shippentower, Thomas Shippentower, Rose Shippentower and Lynette Shippentower, all of Wapato, and Sandy Ray Fryberg, Danielle Fryberg, William Fryberg and Richard Fryberg, all of Tulalip.
Burial was Tuesday in Union Gap Cemetery. Arrangements were by Merritt Funeral Home, Wapato.