|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1934|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2011|
South Dakota, USA
Darrell Joseph Bishop of Hermosa passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Darrell was born June 7, 1934 in Fairbury, NE, to Joe and Irene Bishop. He grew up on the family farm milking cows and helping his father with day to day tasks. Darrell was the first of four children in the Bishop family and was later joined by Marvin, Ruth, and Warren.
In 1953 he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan for 2 ½ years. During his time in Japan, he wrote frequent letters to his first and only love, Diane Vondra. On May 8, 1954, Darrell had his father (Joe) propose to Diane on his behalf. Fortunately, she accepted and they continued with their engagement by writing many more letters. After Darrell was discharged from the Army, he and Diane were united in marriage on March 25, 1956. They began their married life in Lincoln, NE, where Darrell used his GI Bill money to attend the University of Nebraska, eventually graduating with a bachelor's degree in Ag Engineering.
He worked for the BIA, SCS, and other similar entities after graduation. Because of Darrell's work, he and Diane lived in several places before moving to the Hermosa, SD, area in 1970. The move to Hermosa allowed Darrell to pursue his dream of ranching. Their ranch west of Hermosa would become "home" and that is where Darrell lived until his death.
He and Diane raised two children, Jodi and Alan, on the ranch and also welcomed their many friends.
Darrell was very involved in community activities. He was active in the Custer County Fair Assoc., 4-H, the Hermosa Masonic Lodge, United Church of Christ, the SDSU Extension Service, and the Western Junior Stock Show, which held a very dear place in his heart. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 303 in Hermosa, as well as the Yorkrite and Naja Shriners. In 1997 Darrell was recognized and honored for his community leadership and progressive farm/ranch management by receiving the SDSU Eminent Farmer Award.
Darrell is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Diane; and his children, Alan (Kerry) Bishop of Hermosa and Jodi (Bob) Smith of Hermosa; his siblings, Marvin (Judy) Bishop of Hermosa, Ruth (David) Ferris of Central City, NE, and Warren (Candi) Bishop of North Platte, NE. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren, Megan Smith of Ames, IA, Holly Smith of Louisville, KY, Austin (Becky) Bishop of Belle Fourche, SD, Ben Bishop of Curtis, NE; and two great-granddaughters, Paige Keplinger and Carlie Smith. Also welcomed into the family were Mike and Scott (Teri) Smith, Adam Mooney and Kessa (Joshua) Reasnor. Darrell is also survived by special friends, Ken and Laure Anderson of Rapid City, and the multitude of friends he has made throughout his lifetime.
In lieu of flowers, Darrell's family suggests donations to the Western Junior Scholarship Fund.
Visitation will be at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Friday, September 9, and then for one hour before services at the church. Services are set for Saturday, September 10, at Hermosa United Church of Christ with the Rev. Diane Hemmen officiating and Masonic Services by Battle River Lodge #92 of Hermosa. Interment will follow at Highland Park Cemetery in Hermosa with military honors by American Legion Post 303 of Hermosa.
Highland Park Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 43.83872, -103.20493
Created by: Frankie
Record added: Sep 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76188278