George Bishop ~ in our care... August 17, 2020

George Bishop ~ in our care… August 17, 2020

George L Bishop, 90, passed away peacefully at his home, with his family by his side in Stewartsville, Missouri.

Mr. Bishop was born in Cambridge, Iowa on July 7, 1930 to Emmitt and Theresa Bishop.

He graduated from Pickering High School in 1949.

He quickly joined the workforce after graduation leading him to join the United States Navy November 10, 1949. He served on the ship as an electrician. As part of his service to the United States Navy, he served in the Korean War. After many stints on the ship, he separated from the Navy October of 1953.

Upon getting out of the service he went to college at Northwest Missouri State College.

During his time in college, he met and married Ruth Crane on May 27, 1955. They were married for 65 years. In September 1956 they had their first son, (David Bishop). George graduated in May 1957 with honors.

He obtained his graduate fellowships and assistantships program with Western Electric Co., with training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by solving one math problem.

George worked with Western Electric Co. as a contract employee to set up computer facilities at military sites. Ruth and George moved 7 different times across the United States. During this time, they had three more children. After four years with Western Electric Co., he was offered a job at the headquarters of Western Electric in New York City, but decided to follow his heart and became a teacher and farmer.

He moved the family to Stewartsville, Missouri where he eventually purchased 200 acres and raised his family.

He became a middle and high school math teacher and principal at Stewartsville C-2 School District in Stewartsville, MO. After six years of teaching and principalship, he accepted a teaching position at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, MO where he taught computer science.

At the point of his retirement from Missouri Western State College, he accepted a part time teaching position to teach math.

Family was one of his pride and joys. Ruth and George had four children; David Bishop of Gower, MO, Peggy Brune (Jerry) of Lincoln, NE, Bruce Bishop (Stacy) of Stewartsville, MO, and Tony Bishop of Stewartsville, MO.

He was blessed with 6 grandchildren; Nicky Moore (Scott) of Florham Park, NJ, Josh Bishop (Rachel) of Savannah, MO, Jason Bishop (Katie) of St. Joseph, MO, Katie Bishop of Platte City, MO, Rebecca Brune of Lincoln, NE and Lise Brune of St. Louis, MO.

Later he was blessed with three great-grandchildren; Tucker Bishop, McKenna and Macklin Bishop.

Several of his loves in life included fishing and family and not always in that order. Many years the family spent time going to Reed Lake in Canada for fishing trips. Lake Chamberlin in South Dakota was another hot spot for fishing. Another favorite spot was Indian Caves, searching for mushrooms. If you wanted to go fishing, he was always ready for a trip as long as you were fishing for walleye and crappie.

Mr. Bishop was very active within his community. He served with the American Legion Post # 508, and as a board member with Stewartsville School and the Senior Community of Stewartsville.

George served numerous hours with the community through coaching and supporting the sport programs at Stewartsville School District.

He helped build 31 homes with Habitat for Humanity in St. Joseph, MO. He was always eager and willing to help anyone that needed it.

George was preceded in death by; his parents Emmit and Theresa Bishop, six siblings, son Tony Bishop (1982) and Bruce Bishop (1998).

He is survived by Ruth Bishop (Stewartsville, MO), son David Bishop, daughter Peggy Brune, one sister Barbara Stahl (Lincoln, CA), 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family will host a visitation on Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. at the Turner Family Funeral home in Stewartsville.

Full Military honors will be done just prior to the family visitation.

Private family inurnment will be done at a later date in the Stewartsville Cemetery..
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made in George Bishop’s honor to the Stewartsville C-2 School Sports Department.

13 Responses to “George Bishop ~ in our care… August 17, 2020”

  1. CoraLee August 18, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

    My heart hurts over the loss of Uncle George ❤️ I am thankful that he is at peace…and the happy reunion with his two boys. Thinking of you.Ruth, Peggy and David. So Grateful for getting to spend some time with you Celebrating George’s Birthday. Love and Hugs ❤️

  2. Carol (Winger) Barclay August 18, 2020 at 8:17 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear this. He was a good man and good teacher. I am sorry I won’t be able to attend the memorial service as we are in Colorado visiting family and won’t be home until the middle of next week. But you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Evan Noynaert August 19, 2020 at 1:50 am #

    When I came to Missouri Western I shared an office with George. He taught me so much about teaching college. He was so even tempered and gentle. He introduced my 3-year-old twins to dehydrated apples. We still make them every fall and take supplies to our daughters who now have their own kids (one of them has twins herself).

    I remember one story. I had an advisee come and see me in our shared office. It was an older, non-trad student who ran his own furniture stipping business that he called “The Strip Joint.” The student said something about not wanting to run “The Strip Joint” forever. After the student left, George said in his calm, unflustered voice, that fellow seemed awfully nice to be running a strip joint.

  4. Kathy Brune August 19, 2020 at 3:51 am #

    I am very sorry for your loss. George was such a wonderful man. Always smiling and joking and willing to help anyone and everyone.
    I’m very sad that mom and I won’t be able to attend the visitation. I can’t wait to visit in the future when all this crazy pandemic is over.
    Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Debi & Larry Campbell August 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. George was a great man & will be missed! Our deepest sympathies for all the family! ❤

  6. Carol J Gawatz August 19, 2020 at 11:12 pm #

    I am to hear of George’s death. Since my husband and I already have a family wedding at the same time, I will not be able to attend the visitation. George and my father (George Schleicher) helped and support my career direction for elementary education to computer science. For the last 39+ years I have been a computer programmer analyst at Hallmark. My prayers and thoughts will be with you.

  7. Jackie Burri August 20, 2020 at 7:13 am #

    Ruth, my heart is saddened about this news.
    I am asking God to give you and your family a comfort and peace that only He can give to each of you.
    Much love to you, Ruth.

  8. Don and Joy Hood August 20, 2020 at 4:11 pm #

    We are very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Natalie & Curt Kenkel August 20, 2020 at 6:40 pm #

    George & Ruth have been church family for many years I have gleaned a lot from their mentorship. George will be missed by so many and my condolences to all of his family. I am not sure if we will be able to make it to the visitation or not. However, my thoughts and prayers will be with you at the services and in the weeks and months to come. Take care & God bless!

  10. Tina Cooper August 21, 2020 at 12:08 am #

    Love you so much Aunt Ruthie! Wish I could be there to give you a big hug . Hope Uncle George has a new marbles board in heaven and wins the first game with Bruce and Tony. May God bless and keep you and the whole family

  11. Ken Steiner August 21, 2020 at 5:25 pm #

    I’m very sorry for your loss, my name is Ken Steiner and George was my Computer Science Professor at MoWest from 1975 through 1979, very smart man and his instruction was of the highest. Because of him and his colleagues in the Computer Science Department I have been in the IT field for 40 yrs supporting clients all over the world.
    Ken Steiner

  12. Leith August 23, 2020 at 5:06 pm #

    I am sorry for the loss of his family and the whole region. George was also a fixture at the eat stand at the stewartsville fall festival. He was a man that made a difference for this area. My condolences to his family.

  13. Gary Pixler August 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

    It was with great sadness I learned of the passing of Mr. Bishop. George was an admirable man and one with great ethics. I admired him growing up and enjoyed time at the Bishop farm fishing, swimming and hunting along with Bruce Bishop who also went on to serve in the United States Navy. Fellow service bretheran, “I Salute you George and Bruce”. Thank you for your service! Rest in peace Mr. Bishop along with Bruce and Tony…father and sons reunited in heaven. My heart is with Ruth, David and Peggy and the whole Bishop family. Hugz.

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