In Memoriam: Fred Bishop, long-time Westside resident from pioneer family
A public visitation will be Tuesday, June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Ave.
A graveside military honor service will be Wednesday June 25 at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. at the Tri- Lakes Church of Christ, 20450 Beacon Lite Road in Monument.
A World War II veteran with broad work experience - especially in farming and manufacturing - Mr. Bishop was married nearly 59 years to Yvonne Helen (Schneider), who died in 2000. They had five children, all of whom survive: two daughters, Fredda and Shawnee; and three sons Fred III, Rick and Sam. Mr. Bishop is also survived by a brother, Tillman "Tillie"; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandson.
Mr. Bishop was born Aug. 22, 1920, near Calhan, the sixth of 12 children for Oliver Fredrick “Fred” Bishop Sr. and Lilley May (French) Bishop.
The father himself had been born in 1878 in the area of what's now the Air Force Academy, along with his twin
Mr. Bishop's early years were spent on a farm near Calhan, but in 1931 the family moved to Colorado Springs, “We lived at different places, some of them on the Westside, including the 2900 block of West Pikes Peak and four years at 218 S. Eighth St.,” Mr. Bishop recalled in the 2008 Pioneer interview. “Schools I went to included Whittier, Washington and West.”
The interview also included a description of what it was like for his family here in the 1930s: “Times were a lot harder for a big family living in town; fortunately, we did bring a cow in to have milk. And we also had two goats for milk as brother Vergal could not keep cow's milk down. He was what they called a blue baby - only lived to age 4. (Another brother, Walter, who was born in 1912, only lived half a year.) We had some chickens in town and Dad always had a large garden to help feed us. We would make our own hominy from hard corn. We dried apples to have in the
In 1947, two years after World War II ended, Mr. Bishop went to work for the TimKen Company's Rock Bit division. He eventually became a foreman and worked there until his retirement in 1982.
He and his wife bought the house at 1710 W. St. Vrain St. when it was new in 1954. Mr. Bishop lived there the rest of his life.
According to his obituary, his death followed a brief illness.
Editor's note: The full "In Their Own Words" interview with Fred Bishop from April 3, 2008, can be found at this link.