NORMAL — Elbert "Lee" Bishop passed away peacefully Tuesday (April 25, 2017) at home in Normal, surrounded by his family.
He was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Oklahoma City, to Roy and Murrell Bishop. He was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and Hobbs, N.M.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela, Normal; children, John (Nancy) Bishop, Texas; Brian (Heather) Chism, California; Sheralyn (Rex) Morris, California; and Alissa (Glenn) Lynch, Illinois; brother-in-law, Terry (Tracy) Dwy, Nevada; cousin, Rosemary Thompson, Georgia; nieces, Linda (Charles) Ogburn and Laurie (Mike) LaBau, both of Texas; grandchildren, Jeremy Bishop, Christine Hughes, Michael (Victoria) Bishop, Tyler Hoskins, Cameron (Alexis) Hoskins, Brianne Cruz, Spencer Hoskins, Gavin Lynch, Mackenzie Lynch, Nathaniel Chism and Reese Scott; and great-grandchildren, Carly Hughes, MayaJo Hughes, Avalyn Hoskins, Maeryn Hoskins, Grayson Lee Hoskins and James Bishop.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Bishop.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force and Air Force Reserves, serving during the Korean War. He achieved the rank of lieutenant with the Air Force.
He worked as a police officer in Riverside, Calif., while going to school to obtain his law degree. He worked for State Farm Insurance in claims for 33 years.
His lifelong love of horses led to many years of memories with the Riverside Rancheros and the De Anza de Cabelleros horse groups.
After retirement he became active in the Honor Guard for Amvets Post 45 in Salem, Ohio, and most recently the Honor Guard with American Legion Post 635, Normal.
According to his request, no services will be observed.
A special thank you to OSF Home Health Care and Hospice for care and compassion these past four months.
Arrangements were provided by Beck Funeral Home, Bloomington.