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Walter Ivan Bishop, the son of Clarence Bishop and Daisy (King) Bishop, was born March 29, 1921 and passed into eternal peace on Aug. 26, 2005. Walter was a loved and respected resident of the Sweden community.
A World War II Army veteran, Walter served from July 14, 1942 through Dec. 3, 1945, as a surgical technician with the 19th General Hospital. Much of this time was spent in France and England. Walter loved to share his experiences there with family and friends and this had a great impact in his own life.
Walter and Fern (Anderson) Bishop were united in marriage on July 29, 1945 in Abilene, Kan. and have been fortunate to share 59 years together. Employed with the Marvin Barnes Co. for 21 years, Walter then retired to spend time on his farm, fishing and visiting with family and friends. He was a very well respected neighbor and was always eager to lend a helping hand to neighbors and family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Walter attended church and was a Christian.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Opal Reed and Betty Jean Scott.
Survivors include his wife, Fern, of the home; one daughter, Sue Wheeler, Ava, and one son, Don Bishop and wife, Reba, Ava; two grandsons, Brian Sherrill, Ava, and Kris Bishop, Springfield; three sisters, Laverne Hutchison, Ava: Pauline Winkler, Independence, Kansas and Patsy Hinman, also of Kansas.
Services were held Monday, August 29, at 10 a.m. at the Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, with the Rev. Robert Grisham officiating. Interment was in the Ava Cemetery under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava. Full military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 112 and Ava VFW Post 5993.
Memorials may be made to the Vera Cruz Cemetery, c/o Sue Potts, or Community Hospices of America, 807 N. Main, Suite l, Mtn. Grove, MO. 65711.