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William M. Bishop (LtCol, Retired)


William “Bill” Bishop passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21 surrounded by family.
Bill was born in Idabel, OK on Nov. 20, 1939 to Tillman and Allyne Bishop. He grew up in Pottsboro and graduated from Denison High School in 1958. He never considered attending any other college than Oklahoma University. His time at OU brought several milestones. He met and married Ann Gay and started a family. Upon graduation in 1963, he joined the Air Force and was commissioned in August of the same year. He served his country for 23 years as a maintenance officer, including assignments in Thailand, during the Vietnam War, and 6 years in Germany. While attending Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL, Bill received his MA from Auburn University.
After his Air Force retirement, Bill continued his career in aviation spending 15 years working for the Boeing Airplane Company in Wichita, KS. He like to say that he started his Air Force career with the B-52 Bomber and ended is Boeing career with the B-52 Bomber and in between he was responsible for the F-4 Phantom Fighter.
Bill was a member of the Baha’i Faith and was dedicated to the principles of the oneness of humanity and service to others. He lived this out through his involvement in local service organizations. Bill was an active member of Kiwanis and was a founding member of the Bandera Kiwanis Club. He also served as the Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis District from 2009-2010. He was dedicated to serving the Bandera community and served on the Bandera Community Foundation for many years.
He was devoted to his family: his life-long love, Ann Gay Bishop, to whom he was married for 56 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Angel and Try BishopPetty; his son and daughter-in-law, William Hart and Nancy Bishop; and his five grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, James Bishop, Laura Bishop, Codi Bishop, Jade BishopPetty and Cora BishopPetty. To his family he left many gifts, the most important of which were his work ethic, honesty, integrity and love of music. Thank you! You will be missed.
Bill will be buried at 9:45 am in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Jan. 30. A reception will follow at the Bishop/BishopPetty residence at 230 N Goat Ridge Rd in Pipe Creek.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kiwanis of Bandera/Scholarship Fund, PO Box 2096, Bandera, Tx 78003.