Earl E. Bishop
September 15, 1916 - June 15, 2008
Birthplace: Rural Emerson, Iowa
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 6/18/2008
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 6/19/2008
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 6/19/2008
Salem Cemetery

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Earl E. Bishop, age 91, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Sunday, June 15, 2008 at the Stanton Care Center in Stanton, Iowa after an extended illness. Earl Elden Bishop was born September 15, 1916 on the family farm in Montgomery County, Iowa near Emerson the son of Clarence Wilburn and Beulah Mae (Rost) Bishop. He was raised on the family farm and graduated from Emerson High School. He started farming with his father after high school. Earl was united in marriage to Geraldine Berryhill on October 28, 1947 and they made their home on the family farm. Earl farmed until moving into Red Oak in 1969. Earl was very active in the Champion Hill Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. Any time the church doors were open, Earl was there. He loved his family and playing with his grandchildren. He also loved horses, especially breaking them to ride. With the introduction of tractors his preference was to continue farming with horses and letting his brothers operate the tractors. He enjoyed gardening, playing Dominos, mowing lawns, delivering the Weekly Times, and sharing jokes. He even carried a notebook so he could write down jokes so he could remember them to share with others. He was known to enjoy pizza, popcorn with milk, and “Grandpa’s Favorite”, soup beans and ham.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; two sisters: Dorothy Charlotte Bishop and Doris Maxine Conrad; brother: Marlin LeRoy Bishop; and two grandsons: Richard Sheldon Bishop and Bryan James Bishop. Survivors include his wife: Geraldine Bishop of Red Oak, Iowa; children: Pastor Gene Bishop and wife Alice of Lynch, NE; Carroll Bishop and wife Norma of Pella, IA; Bryan Bishop and wife Marci of Red Oak, IA; and Jane Cruchelow and husband Carl of Mingo, IA; grandchildren: Donnetta Cole and husband Andy of Spokane, WA; Michelle Bishop of Omaha, NE; Timothy Bishop and wife Jennifer of LaVista, NE; Aaron Bishop and wife Becky of Greenville, SC; Mikaela Bishop of Omaha, NE; Barry Bishop and wife Jana of Lafayette, LA; Courtney Pennock and husband Todd of Elliott, IA; Brad Bishop of Grinnell, IA; Tina Bishop of Red Oak, IA; Andrea Cole and husband Chris of Pleasantville, IA; Mary Dawson of Melcher, IA; Deana Vande Kemp and husband John of Cambridge, IL; and Darren Cruchelow of Elk Run Heights, IA; great grandchildren: Micah and Karissa Cole; Ethan and Evan Bishop; Kaleb Bishop; Aaryn Bishop; Haylee and Whitney Pennock; Megan and Connor Cole; Andrew Davis; and Caylie and Addison Dawson; brother: Rev. George Bishop and wife Shirley of Marion, IA; many nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday, June 19, 2008 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery in rural Montgomery County. Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 PM Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Baptist Church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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410 Sixth Street
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
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