Marvin L. Bishop, 87
Marvin chose to sign up and serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a Jumpmaster with the 11th Airborne Regiment stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky
Wilder, VT- Marvin L. Bishop, 87, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Lebanon Center Genesis in Lebanon, NH.
Marvin was born November 3, 1929 in Lyndon, VT, the eldest son of Tennyson and Margaret (Dwyer) Bishop. He grew up on the family dairy in Kirby, VT. and graduated from Lyndon Institute class of 1948. Ready to broaden his horizons, Marvin chose to sign up and serve his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a Jumpmaster with the 11th Airborne Regiment stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
In 1953, Marvin flew back to Vermont from Kentucky in a recently purchased single engine, two-seater Aeronka Champ to marry the love of his life, Eunice J. Baird onJune 19th. For their honeymoon, he flew her back down south to complete his service obligation and begin a nearly 60 year marriage full of family, flying and building airplanes, puzzling and RV’ing.
After earning the rank of Sergeant First Class, Marvin left the Army in 1954. He returned to Vermont and worked at HP Hood Ice Cream for a time before he joined New England Telephone and Telegraph. His talent and commitment enabled him to work his way from lineman to manager before retiring in 1986 to pursue his passion for building and piloting small airplanes.
He loved RVing with Eunice and taking along the grand kids whenever possible. Marvin would tow their 27 foot 5th wheel camper with his truck and Eunice would tow their small outboard fishing boat with her car. Many a summer day was spent reading aviation and hunting magazines while watching the planes fly overhead from their camp sites on the shores of Lake Champlain at Button Bay State Park or at Willowood Campground near Lake Willoughby, among many other weekend escapes. As the grandkids grew up and Marvin and Eunice found themselves traveling as just the two of them, they joined the Good Sam Club and the Junction Trotters to share their camper fun with other enthusiasts.
Marvin also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting. For many years, he made his own ammunition and spent countless hours teaching his grandkids how to bait hooks, jig lines, and reel in the big one from his small fishing boat. He’d hum country tunes, share stories, and make sure to have the ship’s tiny crew back to shore in time for lunch with Gram.
In retirement Marvin became an AMP certified mechanic and enjoyed working on and restoring his own airplanes as well as those of many other lucky pilots. He was a member of the Twin State Flyers EAA Chapter 740 out of West Lebanon, NH. As long as he could, Marvin served as the EAA local Technical Counselor, advising and patiently teaching the next generation of sky loving airmen and women. He kept his latest project and personal airplane, a Wag – Aero Sportsman, at the Claremont Municipal Airport.
Despite the onset of dementia that limited him in so many fashions, he never lost his passion for tinkering, fixing, and helping others.
Marvin is predeceased by his wife Eunice and a brother Carroll Bishop.
He is survived by a daughter Robin M. B. Marsh of Meriden, NH; two sons Jeff Bishop of Hartford, VT and Terry Bishop of Canaan, NH; eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a brother Augustus Bishop and a sister Shirley Brill both of Lyndonville.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction VT from 6-8PM. A graveside service will be held Saturday June 3, 2017 at the Christian Street Cemetery in Wilder, VT. Condolences may be expressed to Marvin’s family in an online guestbook atwww.knightfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Dr, Williston, VT 05495