Laurance Marion Bishop was born in Minnesota on June 24, 1929 to parents Ross Eber and Olive Moffett Bishop. He was also welcomed by older brother, James Donovan and older sisters, Marjorie Aletha and Elizabeth Patricia. The family moved to Mount Ayr when he was very young. Laurance passed away January 6, 2019 at home near Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Laurance attended grade school and high school in Mount Ayr and graduated with the class of 1949. He was involved in many sports and especially enjoyed football. Laurance served as student manager of high school sports before he was in high school. It was also in high school that he met his future wife, Margaret Turner.
Laurance had many jobs as he was growing up – he worked for many farmers, he delivered milk, stripped blue grass, and worked at filling stations. He and a friend worked for Iowa State Conservation Commission at Spirit Lake after his freshman year of high school. He and Allen Richards had a feed store. They, along with Gene Sickels, answered the call to duty and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1951. They went to Great Lakes Naval Training Center for basics. Laurance was then assigned to Barbers Point NAS in Hawaii.
It was while Laurance was stationed there that he and Margaret were married on September 4, 1952. On July 3, 1953, they were joined by Randy Allen Bishop. After being later stationed in San Diego, CA, he was discharged and returned to Iowa. Two more boys joined the family – Larry Kirk on Feb. 2, 1955 and Terry Lynn on June 7, 1957.
Laurance and Margaret joined the family farm operation and Laurance also worked at local sale barns. In 1988, he turned the farming operation over to the boys and joined Randy Vardaman at Central States Resources Co., an investment company based in Omaha, Nebraska.
Laurance was one who liked to stay busy, whether it was work or an activity he was involved in. The family was involved in Saddle Club activities for many years. He and Margaret also enjoyed bowling. He was an active member of Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Laurance was a 60-year member of Masonic Lodge Faith Lodge #179 serving as Worshipful Master during their 100-year celebration. He was recognized as Legend in Masonry by the Grand Master. He served several terms as Rainbow Dad.
Laurance was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Barton and Bernice Turner; brother James and wife Florence; sister Marjorie and husband Norman Barry; brother-in-law William Jefferson; and grandson Ross Bishop.
Survivors include wife, Margaret of the home; son Randy, wife Christine, and their children: Shane, wife Kim and their children Tyler and Maverick; Mekenze, husband Casey Cortum and their children Kendell and Jorey; Kegan, wife Jessica and their children Barrett and Skylar; son Larry, his daughter Brenna and son Terry, wife Lori and their children Tyler, Emily and Sarah Campbell. Other survivors include his sister Elizabeth Jefferson of Colorado; nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are established to the Mount Ayr Methodist Church and the Ringgold County Conservation Board.
Services: 10:00 a.m. – Fri, January 11, 2019 at the United Methodist Church – Mount Ayr
Officiant: Rev Melvin Ammon
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, Thurs, Jan 10
Family Present: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Thurs, Jan 10 at the Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Masonic Service: During the service at the church
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr, Iowa
Military Honors: American Legion Ringgold Post 172 and U.S. Navy Honor Guard
Memorials: Mount Ayr Methodist Church and Ringgold County Conservation Board