Clarence Eugene Bishop
August 20, 1948 - September 16, 2016
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Garden City, MO

Visitation 9/24/2016
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 9/24/2016
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 9/24/2016
Salem Cemetery

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Clarence Eugene “Gene” Bishop of Lynch, Nebraska was born August 20, 1948 in Red Oak, IA to Earl Eldon Bishop and Geraldine Faye Berryhill Bishop. He entered his eternal home on Friday September 16, 2016 at the home of his daughter Michelle Yoder in Garden City, Missouri. He was surrounded by love of family and friends. He departed this life at the age of 68 years 3 weeks and 6 days.

Gene grew up on the family farm in Emerson, IA. He was the oldest child and learned great responsibility and love for others. As a junior in high school Gene met Alice Bishop who would become his lifelong partner and love of his life. Gene graduated from Red Oak High School in 1966 and moved to Omaha to attend Grace College of the Bible where he attended and studied. In 1970 Gene graduated with a general Bible degree.

While attending Grace College he married Alice Kuhns on June 8, 1968. They resided in Omaha Nebraska so Gene could finish college. During that time he served as the Pastor at Axtel Covenant Church in Axtel, Kansas for 1 year as an intern. Following graduation he and Alice settled in Omaha and became Charter members of the Southside Baptist Church. Gene became very involved in the Awana program and loved working with children. Gene was involved in AWANA as local advisory committee member as well as different AWANA leadership positions at Southside Baptist and on the state level.

Over the years Gene held many different ministry and leadership positions. While at Southside Baptist he was, Daily Vacation Bible School director for 3 years, youth leader, Sunday school teacher. Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) was a joy for him to serve on both the local and state boards, and enjoyed directing several CEF camps where the family did puppet ministry. This puppet ministry was something Gene did with his family where they traveled through Nebraska for more than 5 years doing Vacation Bible Schools and camps.

In 1984 Gene moved from Southside Baptist to Sonlight Wesleyan where he served as the church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and much more. In 1991 he answered God’s call to the ministry. He started the Wesleyan Ministerial Course in the spring of 1992 and finished the Wesleyan Ministerial Study Course in the spring of 1995 and was appointed as Associate Pastor of Sonlight Wesleyan Church in the summer of 1995 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ordained in July 1996 as a minister of the Gospel in the Wesleyan Denomination of the Colorado–Nebraska District at Greeley Wesleyan Church in Greeley, Colorado. He served as the Pastor of the Lynch Wesleyan Church in Lynch, Nebraska in July 1997 until July of 2016. While serving in Lynch he accepted a position as a part time chaplain in August 2001 at O’Neill Valley Hope – a drug and alcohol rehab facility – in O’Neill, Nebraska and in 2002 also became the Pastor of the O’Neill Wesleyan Church in O’Neill, Nebraska and served as pastor until July of 2016.

In June of 2012 Gene enjoyed a 10 day mission trip, with his daughter Donnetta and Spokane Wesleyan church, to Guatemala and had many thoughts and hopes for future mission trips.

Gene loved wood working, traveling, almond M&M’s, managing the Wesleyan campground for many years, fixing things everywhere he went, and opened his heart and home to over 60 foster kids through the years. He still had great hopes and dreams for the future. Gene always wanted to be used by God and he was and will continue to be as we remember his life and his love for his Savior.

He was preceded in death by parents Earl & Geraldine Bishop, Son Richard Sheldon, son Shane Jones. Is survived by wife Alice Bishop of the home Lynch, Nebraska, Daughter Donnetta Cole and Husband Andy of Spokane, Washington, daughter Michelle Yoder and Husband Calvin of Garden City, Missouri, Son Tim Bishop and wife Barb of Yutan, Nebraska, son Aaron Bishop and Wife Rebekah of Greenville, South Carolina, daughter, Mikaela Boyle and Husband Tony of Bellevue, Nebraska, and daughter Shelby Conway of Norfolk, Nebraska. Also survived by brother Carroll Bishop and wife Norma of Pella, IA, brother Bryan Bishop and wife Marcy of Red Oak, IA , and sister Jane Cruchelow and husband Carl of Mingo, IA. Gene had 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Several memorials have been chosen by Gene Bishop before passing. If your gift is notated as memorial it will be sent to one of the worthy causes. Please send all gifts and memorials to Gene Bishop Family at 32501 E 275th St. Garden City, MO 64747. Please make all checks payable to Alice Bishop.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.


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