Jerald L. Bishop

Jerald L. Bishop

July 14, 1936 – September 24, 2020


Age 84.  Jerald Lee Bishop “Jerry” was born on July 14, 1936 in Weldon (Decatur County), Iowa.  He died on September 24, 2020 at his home due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease.  He is preceded in death by his father, Garrett Bishop.  He is survived by his mother, Mildred Bishop; his wife, Rosemary; three daughters: Jeri Lynn Dinsmoor, Michelle Turkington (husband Ted), and Julie Bishop (husband Daniel Murman); five grandchildren: Jason Dinsmoor (wife Megan), Jordan Murman, Ian Turkington, Dillon Murman, and Sophia Turkington; and two great-grandchildren, Riley and Jack Dinsmoor.

Jerry graduated from Carlisle High School in 1955 and married Rosemary (Rothfus) in 1956.  Jerry began an interesting and varied career as an insurance investigator for Hooper Holmes Company.  They moved to Fargo, North Dakota as Branch Manager, then Minneapolis, where because of his outgoing personality he was asked to move into sales.  They were transferred to Omaha, Nebraska as sales manager with the same company.  They briefly moved back to Urbandale, Iowa where he opened and managed the first Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in Des Moines but came back to Omaha in sales at KOIL, a local radio station.  He became Sales Manager at KOOO, a local country music station.  He then went into industrial sales and eventually owned his own company, Bishop Radiant Heating.  At 65, he sold the company and after several years at home, decided to drive a school bus until health problems caused him to retire.

He was a long time member of Rockbrook United Methodist Church.  He was a member of Sertoma (Service to Mankind) Club helping hearing disabled.  He was a member of Mizpah Lodge, Scottish Rite and Tangier Shrine.  He was a Shrine Clown (Bomper) for many years.  He drove the Divan members in a Thunderbird convertible in every parade until 2019.  He also drove patients to the Shrine Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Louis.  He was a Red Cross Blood Donor.

He always had a generous nature and liked to stop and help people.  He had a quick wit and liked to make people laugh.  He was always joking, even after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Because of Covid, private funeral services will be held Saturday, October 3rd at 11am at Heafey, Hoffmann, Dworak, and Cutler Mortuary, 7805 West Center Road.  Memorials may be given to Rockbrook United Methodist Church or Tangier Shrine Center.

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  • Danny Blair Posted September 30, 2020 1:47 pm

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of Jerry. A kind and caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed.

  • Debbie & Richard Bayley Posted October 1, 2020 6:03 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear Jerry has passed away. I only met him a few times, but remember him as interested in others and his sense of humor. May you be comforted as you grieve.

  • Julie and Joe Tanga Posted October 3, 2020 10:28 am

    Somewhere over the rainbow now there is a man with a wonderful smile , a heart of gold and an abundance of humor to brighten even the darkest of days. He will be greatly missed by those he left behind but his legacy of love and laughter will live on thru his amazing family. I will miss his silly antics and friendly disposition. Peace and love to his family in this time of great loss.

  • Keith & Marilyn Childress Posted October 3, 2020 11:01 am

    Jerry was one of the reasons I now am in Omaha. Enjoyed working for him at KOOO and remember all the fun times (and work) at the country shows. Had a lot of fun with Jerry and played a lot of golf. Our sympathy to Rosemary and the entire family during this time of loss. I remember Jerry coming by and showing me the thunderbird he won from the Shriners raffle. Remember all the good times.

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