Phil Bishop

Philip Lewis Bishop

October 15, 1933 - June 20, 2017

Wooster - Phil Bishop, 83  died peacefully at his home on June 20, surrounded by the love of his family both near and far.   He was born to Miles and Ruth Bishop of Smithville on Oct. 15, 1933 and was a member of the Class of ‘53 at Smithville High.  He had attended Sunday School at Smithville Lutheran Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Ruth whom were married August 31, 1958 at the Sterling EUB Church;  his children Alex (Luisa) Bishop of Columbia MD, Dana Bishop of St. John, USVI , and Tania (Kevin) Bishop Jager of Newcastle, UK; grandchildren Charo Bishop, Washington DC and Andrew Bishop of Columbia MD and sister Julia (Ric) Hughes of Newark, OH.

Sisters Janice Bishop, Marian Zimmerman and brother David Bishop preceded him in death.  

Phil retired from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 1996 and had previously been employed at Westfield Insurance Company for a number of years, Ohio Power, and Nichols Bakery.

Phil joined the Marine Corps in San Francisco, CA in May, 1952, trained at Camp Pendleton and was stationed in Korea, Japan and San Diego, CA.  He also served his country with the Canton Marine Corps Reserves and as a member of the Army National Guard in Wooster.  More recently he was a proud member of the 555 Honor Detachment of Wayne County, doing honors at the National Cemetery for many years. 

He recently was presented his 40 year Masonic membership pin by Garfield Lodge, Shreve and had served as Master at both Seville Lodge and Garfield Lodge.  Phil was a member of the Marine Corps League #569 of Medina County where he was paymaster and helped with the Toys for Tots project.  He also belonged to the Wooster VFW #1081 serving as quartermaster. 

 Phil joined the Valley College Grange in 2000 where his paternal grandparents had been active members in the 30’ and 40’.  He used his fixer-upper skills to maintain the Grange Hall adding an upstairs bathroom, new emergency exit steps and keeping the Hall sparkling clean.  He was willing worker at the Grange Dining Hall at the Fairgrounds starting as a pot washer moving up to head potato masher.  He said “he made the best mashed potatoes “. 

He took his young family camping at nearby parks, to Canada and at many destinations in the United States wheremany evenings were spent sitting around the camp fire making fry pies and some-mores while visiting with nearby campers.  One memorable trip to Yosemite included climbing Half Dome.   The family have good memories and some not so good when camping trailer tires go flat, rain and cold, and no camp ground in sight.

He had many interest over the years including wine collecting and creating a memorial to the Marine Corps in his office.  He loved to travel and was never happier then to be heading for the airport for another adventure.  One especially exciting stunt was bungee jumping off the Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, New Zealand and has the tee shirt to prove it.  He has visited Japan, Australia, Europe, England, China, Singapore and cruises to South America and Alaska.  After recovering from colon cancer the one trip on his bucket list was the Trans-Siberian Railway through Mongolia ending in China which he did in 2009.   

Services will be Tuesday, June 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston with Rev. Charles Tobias officiating.  Friends may call Monday, June 26th from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Phil will be interred at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.   Tributes may be shared at   Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the 555 Honor Detachment, c/o Lloyd Boyer, 7268 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691.  The family wishes to thank VA home care aides Kelly and Shirley for their kind care.  The family is grateful to LifeCare Hospice staff members for their wonderful care of Phil both at home and when he was on a short vacation at their in-house facility.  Both VA and Hospice made it possible for Phil to be cared for at home. 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  2 Tim. 4-7 

To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left 


Name: Edna Ressler

Ruth:  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.  Blessings to you.


Name: Wooster Wayne Chapter DAR

The Wooster Wayne Chapter of DAR would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your loved one. We are very grateful for Phil's service to our country. Patriots are what keep our nation free. May God Bless you and comfort your family at this difficult time.


Name: Rita Steiner...Rich's Barber Shop

Phil was a wonderful person. Great sence of humor. 








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