FLOYD ALBERT BISHOP

Born: Tue., Aug. 10, 1920
Died: Tue., May 29, 2018


Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., Jun. 07, 2018
Location: Schrader-Aragon-Jacoby Funeral Home


Graveside Service

3:00 PM Thu., Jun. 07, 2018
Location: Douglas Park Cemetery


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Funeral services for Floyd Albert Bishop, 97, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Lakeview Chapel within the Schrader-Aragon-Jacoby Funeral Home, 2222 Russell Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming with Pastor Bob Norris officiating.  Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery in Douglas, Wyoming at 3:00 P.M. Thursday, June 7, 2018 with The Reverend Bobbe Fitzhugh and Reverend Tom Ketner officiating with military honors accorded by Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 and Wyoming Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors.
Floyd Bishop died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Life Care Center of Cheyenne in Cheyenne.
He was born August 10, 1920 in Cheyenne, Wyoming the son of Loren Clark and Sadie Almeda (Greenwood) Bishop and raised in Douglas.
He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1942.  In May of that year he married Wilma June Knisley of Worland, Wyoming.  After receiving his ROTC commission as a second lieutenant, he was called to active duty in the United States Army on June 4, 1942.  He attended Officers Training School in Fort Knox and then was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for engineer officers’ training school and worked on the Alaska (Alcan) Highway and the Aleutian Islands airfield with the 93rd Engineers.  He was then sent back to the States for pilot training in August 1943 in the Army Air Corps, receiving his pilot’s wings in April 1944.  He received training as a B-29 pilot in the 9th Bombardment Group in McCook, Nebraska, where his wife joined him briefly with their newborn son, David.
In December of 1944 he was sent to Tinian Island along with the 9th Bomb Group, and from that base he flew 35 combat missions against Japan as a pilot and commander of a B-29.    He arrived back on U.S. soil as the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for landing his crew safely on Okinawa after an engine failed, plus six Air Medals for his service in the South Pacific.
Back in Wyoming, he worked as an Engineer for the Soil Conservation Service of Pinedale, when their second son Jay was born in 1948, and on to Worland in 1949 when Floyd was promoted to the position of State Conservation Engineer for the SCS.  In 1951 he started a private engineering practice in Lander where his third son, Richard was born in 1958.  In 1963, the family moved to Cheyenne when Floyd was appointed Wyoming State Engineer by Governor Clifford Hansen.  Floyd served as State Engineer for 12 years through Governor Stan Hathaway’s two terms.  
From 1975-1985 he was the vice president for Banner and Associates, Wyoming’s largest engineering firm at the time.  His “retirement” left him busier than ever in his role as a leading consulting engineer on Western water rights and water law. At one point in his career, Bishop was the chairman of the Committee on Water Law for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  His many awards include Outstanding Alum of the University of Wyoming and to the Engineering Hall of Fame at the UW College of Engineering, and the Distinguished Service Award by the Upper Missouri Water Users Association.
In August of 2008, his wife June of 66 years passed away.  In November of 2009 he married Dorothy Elizabeth (Dewey) Tyrrell of Cheyenne.  Throughout his life, when time allowed, he enjoyed pursuing his favorite hobbies of fishing and hunting in Wyoming.  He was an honorary member of the Cheyenne Rotary Club and a Member Emeritus of the Young Men’s Literacy Society in Cheyenne.
Floyd was preceded in death by his father, Loren, on February 20, 1961; his mother, Sadie, on April 13, 1942; wife, June, on August 28, 2008;  son, Jay Clark Bishop, on April 26, 1986; and siblings, Loren Emerson Bishop on June 3, 2007; Clara Bishop Froggatt, on August 22, 1994; and Ella Mary Halsey, on December 31, 1995.
He is survived by wife Dorothy, and two sons David and wife Helen of Moran, and Richard and wife Marlene of Cheyenne.  He is also survived by his granddaughters Amber (David) Mornes, Wendy (Andrew) Kalish, Tammy (Jared) Aumiller, Kayla (Michael) Wamsley, Jenna Bishop and grandson Jay Bishop.  His also survived by nine great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jay Bishop, Jared Aumiller, Andrew Kalish, David Mornes, Michael Wamsley, and Pat Tyrrell.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Albert Winter, Ken Kennedy, Paul Rickard, Chuck Spurlock, and Nick Gartelos.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial in Floyd’s name to Cheyenne Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 511, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003 or Honor Flight of Wyoming, 175 South Tuttle Road, Springfield, Ohio 45505 (honorflight.org)      
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming and Schrader-Aragon-Jacoby Funeral Home of Cheyenne, Wyoming are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Paul Lowham
   Posted Wed June 06, 2018
Floyd Bishop was a very competent engineer who provided strong leadership during his tenure as Wyoming's State Engineer I was privileged to know and work with Floyd on a number of water projets. He accomplished a lot during his life! Paul Lowham

Charlie Spurlock
   Posted Thu June 07, 2018
I knew Floyd to be an exceptional person and as a bird hunter that had the stamina to chase a chukar partridge anywhere. His passing marks the end of an era.

John R. Huntzinger
   Posted Mon June 11, 2018
Elsie Jane (Greenwood) Huntzinger, the mother of Charles J. Huntzinger
Sadie Almeda (Greenwood) Bishop. the Aunt of Charles J. Huntzinger

I have fond memories of all the Bishop families and proud to have been a second cousin to Floyd as well. Truly an end to the Bishop legacy.

I visited the Bishop family grave site in the Douglas Cemetery on May 25, 2018 to decorate the Huntzinger family grave site.

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