Gary Michael Bishop
Gary Michael Bishop of Ettrick, Wisconsin died June 17th, 2020 on his family farm. Gary was born on September 22, 1941 to Stanley and Esther (Severson) Bishop. He married Marilyn (Erickson) Bishop on September 12″”, 1964 at St. Bridget’s Parish, Ettrick, Wisconsin. Gary is survived by his wife Marilyn of 55 wonderful years. His two sons are Michael (Molly Sylla) and Mark (Angie Byom), all from Ettrick, Wisconsin. From Michael’s side are two, out of the four, grandchildren, Ashley (Jade Hoff) from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Lindsay (Shawn Carpenter) from Beloit, Wisconsin, and two newest great grandchildren, Hunter Miller and Henry Hoff. From Mark’s side are the most recent two grandchildren, Dylan Bishop from Platteville, Wisconsin, and Destiny Bishop from Ettrick, Wisconsin.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Esther Bishop, infant daughter, Michelle Ann Bishop, his brothers, Donnie, Sheldon, and Ricky Bishop, and Mother and Father-in Law, Marty and Bernice Erickson. Survived by siblings, Beverly Paulson of Ettrick, Wisconsin, Judy Scherr (Tom) of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Dean Bishop (Marilee) of North Port, Florida, Linda Phillips of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Lorraine Solsrud (Eliot) of Whitehall, Wisconsin, Sharon Bishop of Ettrick, Wisconsin, Cindy Moe (Neil) of Ettrick, Wisconsin, Rhonda Luebke (Brian) of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, and Sister-in-Laws, Glennis (Frank) Aielo Bishop of Ettrick, Wisconsin, Betsy (Jim) Erickson of Ettrick, Wisconsin, and Jodi Bishop of Isanti, Minnesota. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews relatives and friends.
After graduating from G-E High School he went to work for American Motors in Kenosha. Gary served in the United States Army for three years. Two of those were spent in Germany. He worked as a janitor and school bus driver for Ettrick Elementary for ten years. Afterwards, he went to Fort McCoy to work as a carpenter for 25 years. After retiring from Fort McCoy, Gary worked part-time as a substitute bus driver for the G-E-T School District. This eventually became his full-time job as he drove in the morning, noon, afternoon, and occasionally to a sport’s teams practices and games. He loved driving the school children around and told many stories to his family and friends about them. He saved every picture, card and paper he received from the children, often taking them to doctor appointments to show them off. Gary was very particular about his work and many projects he found to do on his farm. He and his sons, Michael and Mark, shared the love of hunting together. They were always there to help their father, such as cutting wood, taking care of machinery, and many other successful projects. Gary was a former member of Ettrick Fire Department for 16 years, past commander of post 354 of Ettrick and Trempealeau County, served on church council, and was a trustee on National Mutual Benefit (N.M.B) Branch 100 for many years. He loved to play cards and was a regular lottery player. He and Marilyn savored the times of taking their grandchildren on many adventures. In honor of their 50th anniversary, in 2013, Gary and Marilyn went on an Alaskan Cruise. They also visited places such as Mexico, Canada, and many states across country.
Thank you to the Ettrick First Responders, (E.F.D), and Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department for all their assistance and support.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to: American Legion (Post 354), Ettrick Rod & Gun, and/or Ettrick Fire Department (E.F.D). Due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), there will be a private family service officiated by Fr. Mark Miller & Fr, Nathan. We ask that you follow the protocol of Covid-19 safety. Family and friends are invited to drive by the Ettrick Elementary school on School St. to honor Gary on Saturday July 4, 2020 from 1-3 p.m.