William Donald "Don" Bishop (86) of Effingham

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Published on April 28 2012 6:33 pm

William Donald "Don" Bishop, 86, of Effingham, Illinois went to be with his beloved wife Gerry Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in Zephyrhills, Florida while preparing to return home to Effingham.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with a 6:30 p.m. parish wake service. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony Cemetery for perpetual care of the American flag. www.bauerfh.com.

Don was born October 16, 1925 in Tolono, the son of Lon E. and Dorothy (Dust) Bishop. He attended Neoga High School where he was a star basketball player. Upon graduation Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served as a signalman. He was stationed outside of New York to protect the harbor from spy submarines. After the war, he met the girl of his dreams, Geraldine "Gerry" Dasenbrock and they were married in St. Anthony Catholic Church April 7, 1947 in Effingham. Don worked several jobs to provide for his family while attending Sparks Business College in Shelbyville. He utilized his accounting degree at Fedders Corporation for 40 years until his retirement in 1991. He loved traveling by car, taking his family to see the U.S.A., usually with at least six of his nine children in tow. He fulfilled his dream of driving to Alaska with his son-in-law, Larry. He was a patient, easy-going man with a sense of adventure and filled with wisdom. Don loved his family and always showed it. He will forever be cherished in the hearts of his family.

He is survived by four sons, Stephen (wife Judy) of Manhattan, Mont., Thomas (wife Cathy) of Germantown, Tenn., Timothy (wife Jane) of Effingham and Ronald (wife Linda) of Mascoutah; five daughters, Christine (husband Jim) Nordstrom of Rockford, Janet (husband Larry) Pasier of Warrensburg, Julia (husband David) Grove of Mode, Angela (husband David) Long of Waterloo and Beth (husband Matt) Hensley of Mahomet; 22 grandchildren, Amanda (husband Ryan) Hamilton, Josephine (husband Scott) Reiger, Jennifer Nordstrom, Brian (wife Sarah) Nordstrom, Chelli (husband Eric) Johnson, Michael Pasier, Justin Bishop, Carolina Bishop, Thomas (wife Sarah) Grove, Joshua (Larissa Bayne) Grove, Zachary (Blake Stephens) Grove, Tyler Bishop, Katie Bishop, Nick Bishop, Ryan Bishop, Rachel Bishop, Matt Long, Brandon Long, Dylan Long, Kyle Long, Emma Hensley and Anna Hensley; three great-grandchildren, Benjamin Nordstrom, Cailey and Cason Johnson; sister, Gladys Maggio of Tolono; nephews, John and Don Maggio.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine and infant sister, Mildred.