LOWVILLE – Cecil G. Bishop, 93, formerly of Jefferson Street, died Thursday evening, February 20, 2014, at the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, officiating. Following the funeral, family and friends are invited to a gathering at the Bishop home, 5267 Jefferson Street, Lowville. Spring burial with Military Honors will be in St. Stephens Cemetery, Croghan.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis G. and Pamela Bishop of Lowville; two grandchildren, Jill and Craig Ortlieb of Lowville, and Andrew G. and Kristy Bishop of Windham, ME; four great-grandchildren, Jenna, Jared, Drew Ortlieb, and Elias Bishop. Mr. Bishop is predeceased by his wife, Lucille A. Bishop, a daughter and son-in-law, Ann E. and Michael J. Blair; two brothers, Claren and Flodie Bishop and four sisters, Christine Bowen, Margaret Wheatley, Jewell McNeese and Frances Smith.
Mr. Bishop was born on July 10, 1920 in Paris, TN, a son of the late James Anthony and Lena Reynolds Bishop. He was educated at Erin High School in Erin, TN. Following high school, he worked at Cleemans Meat Market in Clarksville, TN. In January 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving throughout World War II, seeing action in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes. He was honorably discharged on October 10, 1945. On December 22, 1945, he married Lucille A. Ritz at St. Stephens Rectory in Croghan, with Rev. Ermin E. Klaus, OFM, officiating. After their marriage, the couple lived in Tennessee for six years. Cecil graduated from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN in 1949. He served as Principal and 8th grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School outside Clarksville, TN for two years. After returning to New York, the couple owned and operated Pickerts Drug Store in Copenhagen for three years. Mr. Bishop completed his graduate work at St. Lawrence University, Canton. He taught junior high school English and Social Studies at Copenhagen Central School for three years, before coming to Lowville Academy, where he taught junior high school English for many years until retiring in 1979. Mrs. Bishop died on August 8, 2010.
Mr. Bishop enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing cards.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.