Donny Bishop, the son of Jack and Betty (Wright) Bishop, was born December 15, 1948 in Jefferson, Iowa and departed this life November 19, 2017 at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. He lived his life to the age of 68 years, 11 months and 19 days.
Donny attended school in Grand Junction and later attended taxidermy school in Janesville, Wisconsin. On August 5, 1967, Donny was united in marriage to Vicki Thornburg in Jefferson. They lived in Grand Junction and raised their family. They were later divorced.
In August of 1989, Donny met Nancy (Genco) Kinnan and on March 29, 2002, they were married at Donny’s brother’s home in Huntington, Arkansas.
Donny grew up in Grand Junction and loved carpentry work. He had a passion for fishing, hunting and farm life. After taxidermy school, Donny would work summer jobs and take the winters off to do taxidermy. He worked many jobs during his life including Wolterman Construction, Tri-County Lumber, Parker Wagons and as plant manager for American Ready Mix. He later worked for the Iowa D.O.T. out of Jefferson from 1993 to 2011. In 2011, Donny suffered a stroke which forced him to retire but he continued to farm and enjoyed gardening. Donny never met a child he couldn’t love like his own. He believed there was good in all people and with hard work and faith in God, anything is possible.
Donny was a past member of both the Grand Junction and Jefferson Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; four children: Steve (Judy) Bishop of Carroll, Tim (Echo) Bishop of Missouri, Lori Bishop (Mike Webb) of Herndon and Kristy (Rick) Broadston of Pleasant Hill; nine grand-children; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary (Ellen) Bishop of Jefferson; and three sisters: Julie (Ron) Vickers of Grand Junction, Sandy (Larry) Chunning of Fountain, Colo. and Jean (Dave) Vickers of Grand Junction. Those who preceded him in death were his parents; a brother, Dennis Bishop and a granddaughter, Grace Ann Broadston.
A celebration of Donny’s life will be held December 3, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Church southeast of Jefferson. Please wear camo, if you have it, and a coat because the church has no heat. Honorary bearers will be Charles Gunn (Bug), Arthur Matherne, Robert Hebert, Tom Thorpe, Casey LeBlanc, Gary Miller, Aaron Cortez, Dick Moranville, Mark Clouse, Daryl Frickey, Steven Griffin, Jake Tonsfeldt, Makenna Broadston, Duwert Reese, Jerry Gilbertson and Daryl Bishop.
Brown Funeral Home of Jefferson is assisting the family.