Obituary: Paul Bishop
July 5, 1929 – November 7, 2021
Paul Bishop July 5, 1929 – November 7, 2021…devout Christian, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend and American Patriot-so loved by many for his kindness, generosity, wisdom, humor and hard work. Born in Calloway, Nebraska during the Depression, he then grew up in hard times in Central City, CO before his parents, three sisters and a brother relocated to a large farming property in Lafayette CO. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Navy, traveling the high seas to many different ports. He was honorably discharged in 1950. Late 1950 he moved to Craig to work for Mountain Bell for many years, working his way up the ladder until a major promotion to the Boulder CO office in 1969. Retiring in 1984 at 55, he opted to move back to Craig, where he has lived since. Retirement suited him…playing the harmonica and guitars, flying planes, motorcycling, ATV-ing, farming, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, traveling, building…ALWAYS building (between Craig and the front-range, he built 4 houses for his family from scratch)! Paul was a true believer in America, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (especially the 2nd Amendment supported by the NRA). The worst irony is he passed away from a break-through case of the Wuhan China Virus (aka Covid) on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at The Memorial Hospital. He is survived by wife, Grace (married 1956-present); children Cheryl Holbeck (Ron), Nina Van Wagenen, Kim Bishop, Nita Slaugh; grandchildren Tarissa Fears (Robert), Tasha Heng and Ashley Palmer (Cody); great-grandchildren Alyssa Fears and Breckin Palmer; many nieces and nephews; and his loved pet horses, Velvet, Lacey and Jiggs. Services at Grant Mortuary Monday, November 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm (621 Yampa Ave. Craig CO 81625); interment at @ 2:00 pm at Craig Cemetery; reception to follow at the Luttrell Barn. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted in Paul’s name to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Craig and/or MRH Home Health and Hospice c/o Grant Mortuary.
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