Funeral services were held for Jack Bishop, 74, of Perham, formerly of New York Mills, on June 15 at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York Mills, with Pastor Ryan Stout officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation and accompanied by Lina Belar. The honorary pallbearers were Roger Anderson, Mike Conlon, Mike Cummings, Bob Drellack, Jerry Nesland and Lyle Teberg.
Jack was born May 3, 1939, in Ross Township, Roseau County, Minn., to Herbert and Gladys Bishop. He was raised by his aunt and uncle Viola and Sherm Stekelenburg, whom he loved like parents. He graduated from International Falls High School.
He married Elaine Belanger on Jan. 29, 1965, in International Falls, Minn. The couple raised two daughters, Jackie, born Sept. 7, 1965, in Sioux City, Iowa; and Erin, born April 17, 1975, in Fergus Falls, Minn.
Jack lived a full and rich life. He was a car salesman, a California real estate agent, a home salesman, a karate instructor (he was a black belt), a pilot, a railroad worker, an Air Force mechanic, a school board chairman in New York Mills, a logger, an adventurer, a racecar driver, and above all, a storyteller. He loved people, especially those he came into contact with through his business, Jack Bishop's Hilltop Homes on U.S. Highway 10 in New York Mills. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but the disease never beat him. He worked until the end, refusing to let MS take his ability to walk and be independent.
His hobbies included reading, fishing in Canada, golfing, flying, watching sports, and owning numerous fun and unique vehicles. Jack passed away on June 10 at Perham Health. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his former wife and friend, Elaine; daughters, Jackie (Kyle) Gylsen and Erin (Steve) Bishop-Schulz; brother, Larry Bishop; as well as many other relatives with whom he kept contact; and all of his four-legged grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; aunt Vi and uncle Sherm; brothers, Herb Bishop, Jim Bishop and Jerry Bishop; sister, Carole Clements; and infant daughter, Jennifer Bishop.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral Home, New York Mills. Online tributes may be posted at karvonenfuneralhome.com.