Rev. Perry Everett Bishop, Jr., age 89, of Glenwood, IA, died on March 10th, 2012 at Hospice With Heart in Glenwood. He was born in Glenwood on March 20, 1922, the son of Perry Everett Bishop, Sr. and Nellie Mae Mills Bishop. His parents preceded him in death. His siblings, Fredrick Bishop, Keith Bishop, Donald Bishop, and Marlene Dees preceded him in death.
Perry was married to Irma Elizabeth Timmons in 1941 at Barrie, Ontario, Canada. One son, Keith Robert Bishop and his wife Sandra, from Hamilton, Ontario survives him. A daughter, Dianne Bishop Hamilton, and a son, Rick Douglas Bishop, preceded him in death.
Perry was married to Elizabeth Matthews Rousey in 1961 in Moline, Illinois. She preceded him in death in 1989. Surviving is one step-daughter, Karen Rousey, from Normal, Illinois. A step-son, James Bruce Rousey, preceded him in death.
Perry was married to Pearl Luella (Rubenking) Taylor in 1990 at Glenwood, IA. She survives him and is residing at Tabor Manor in Tabor, Iowa. Two step-children are surviving: Elaine (Wayne) Rosendahl in Mesa, Arizona and Rick (Beckye) Taylor in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two step-sons preceded him in death: Larry (Joy) Taylor from Arlington, Virginia and Ivan (Judy) Taylor Jr. from San Antonio, Texas.
Perry graduated with the class of 1940 from Glenwood High School. He served in the Canadian Army in World War II, serving in Italy and Holland during the war. Following the war, he worked in manufacturing at Stelco Steel Company in Hamilton, Ontario and International Harvester in East Moline, Illinois. He entered the ministry in 1961 after completing his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Western Illinois University and his master’s degree in Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He served as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church serving the following churches in Illinois: Moline First, New Boston, Avon, Monmouth, Danville Vermillion Heights, Macon, Streator, and Chenoa. Following retirement back to Iowa, he also served at St. Marks UMC and Salem UMC in Council Bluffs.
In addition to his love of the church, he enjoyed cooking, writing books and poetry, doing genealogy, and singing. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and American Legion.