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John D. Bishop

June 6, 1940 - September 20, 2010

John D. Bishop went to his heavenly home on September 20, 2010 following an accident at his residence. John blessed us all by being the best husband, father, friend and Christian Brother.

He was born in Chicago June 6, 1940 to Stanley and Cecilia Reilly Bishop. Surviving is his wife and best friend, Carolyn Sue Bishop as well as his daughters Wendy Wood, Julie Whinery, and Debra Maguire; 3 grand- and 3 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Jo (Robert) Tibbs; Eileen (Charles) Grampp; Harold (Carol) Carter, all of Williamsville; Lester (Corrine) Carter, Athens; Doris Carter, Lincoln; Marcia Becker, Springfield; Jereline (Virgil) Long, IN; Yvonne (Tom) Dobey, MO; and brother, Ron Bishop.

John’s lifelong hobby was model railroading. He also enjoyed family activities, travel, camping, carpentry, landscaping and putzing, always with Sue at his side.

He and Sue were active members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Michigan where they served in missions, resettling refugees from many countries and helping those less fortunate. John was active in Keryx prison ministry, an arm of Walk to Emmaus. Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual program that develops Christian leaders and disciples. He and Sue welcomed many foreign students into their home and family.

Upon retirement in 2003 from Auto Owners Insurance in Lansing, MI they moved to Williamsville, IL to be near family. John was an active member of Kumler United Methodist Church, where he and Sue were active in a number of outreach ministries, including serving the homeless and less fortunate.

Staab Funeral Home in Springfield is handling arrangements. Visitation at 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 23 until time of services at 11 a.m. at Kumler United Methodist Church, 600 N. 5th, with Rev. Sylvester Weatherall officiating. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 27 at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Williamsville.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the food and medicine mission work of Kumler Outreach Ministries.

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