Bill Bish - December 13, 2010J. Wm. “Bill” Bish, 80, of West Point, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at West Point Living Center.
Memorial services were held Friday, Dec. 17 at Trinity Church in West Point with Rev. Nora Mendyk officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Bill was born Sept. 8, 1930 in Giltner to Ervin and Florence (Wagner) Bish. He graduated from Giltner High School and received a bachelor of science degree in 1951 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He served in the U.S. Army from September 1951 to May 1953 in Korea.
He married Dorothy Florea on Feb. 10, 1952 in Aurora. He was employed as a district soil conservationist, beginning his career in Blair. He worked in Fullerton for 23 years and Rushville for eight years. In 1986 they moved to West Point and he retired in 1992.
He was a member of Trinity Church, American Legion and Optimist Club. His hobbies included hunting and fishing and he was known to enjoy a good scotch while telling stories. he and his wife traveled to Belize and Alaska and also took a Canadian train trip. His favorite adventure was to watch the Serengeti migration of animals in Africa.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of West Point; daughters, Elizabeth Bish of Gloucester, Mass. and Aimee (Mike) Bannister of Papillion; sons, Bennett Bish of Arvada, Colo. and Phillip (Joyce) Bish of Aurora, Colo.; sisters, Pauline Torgerson of Aurora and Bonnie Ives of Portland, Ore.; sisters-in-law, LaVerne Bish of Lincoln and LaVerle Bish of Aurora; grandchildren, Dana Bish, Leslie Bish and Samantha Bannister.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Alvin, Steve, Leroy and Cyril.