Published 12:00 am Monday, December 15, 2008
Bernardo W. “Jim” Bishop, 88
Bernardo William “Jim” Bishop, 88, of Austin died on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.
He was born May 2, 1920 in Woodburn, Iowa to Dave and Nora (Logsdon) Bishop. He attended school in Woodburn and was united in marriage to Mavis Christofferson of Blooming Prairie on March 3, 1942. Jim moved to Minnesota with two brothers to work on farms in the Blooming Prairie area. He served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific. After the war he worked for Boxford Lumber and later for United Building Center in Austin. He enjoyed hunting pheasant and deer, boating, especially pulling the kids water skiing, and pitching horse shoes. He was part of the legendary Bishop Brothers horse shoe teams. After a stroke in 1983, he and Mavis enjoyed camping at Beaver Trails for many years. He enjoyed visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bernardo is survived by his spouse, Mavis Arlene Bishop, Austin; daughter, Charlene (Jim) Donhowe, Sun City, Ariz.; son, Bernard (Vernice) Bishop, Austin; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Howard Bishop, Sheridan, Iowa, Ronald Bishop, Ottumwa, Iowa, Bennie Bishop, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; sisters, Shirley Kent, Lucas, Iowa, Jean Chipps, Lucas, Iowa; Many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra; grandson, Dan Donhowe; brothers, Harrell, William, Robert and Freddie; and sisters, Wilda and Donna Gayle.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with Olaf B. Damm Post 1216, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Austin Post #91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials are preferred to the St. Olaf Lutheran Church building fund. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Honorary bearer will be Charles Hines.