Bishop, Loren Emerson (December 15, 1911 - June 3, 2007)

Loren Emerson Bishop

Douglas Budget - June 13, 2007

Loren Emerson Bishop died at PeachTree Place Assisted Living in West Haven, Utah, on June 3, 2007, at the age of 95. He was born Dec. 15, 1911, the eldest child of Loren Clark and Sadie Almeda Bishop. He was an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster, an interest which he carried through his life.

He attended the University of Wyoming from 1930-1935 and participated in the UW ROTC program. He was an excellent rifle shot and won several trophies for high individual rifle score during his college ROTC days. He continued this skill all through his life. He was a three-year letter-man on the UW swimming team. He was a very active in the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and is fondly remembered by fraternity brothers. He graduated from UW in 1935 with a BS in Mathematics.

He married Eleanor Livermore Corbett, daughter of "Coach" and Mrs. John Corbett in Laramie, on Aug. 28, 1935, and was commissioned a lieutenant of infantry after graduation. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, Ga., and in the 9th U.S. Army during WWII and with HQ's 5th U.S. Air Force during the Korean war. He oversaw the surrender of 200,000 Germans at Orleans, France, and acted as the 9th U.S. Army Liaison Officer to the Russian 44th Army when the U.S. Forces met up with the Russians at the close of WWII.

After WWII he was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Lake, Colo., on the Big Thompson Dam project. He was a licensed professional engineer and surveyor. He returned to active duty in 1947 as a Corps of Engineers officer. He served with HQ's 5th U.S. Air Force in Japan and Korea before and during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. He was assigned to the Utah General Depot in Ogden and as a final assignment as the Senior Army Advisor to the State of South Dakota. He was an outspoken advocate of the National Guard and the "Citizen Soldier."

Col. Bishop was qualified expert with the pistol, the rifle M-1, rifle 03, the carbine and the machine gun cal. 30. He was awarded the Legion of Merit with the Bronze Palm, the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupations Ribbon (Japan and Germany), European Theater Ribbon with three battle stars, Korean UN Ribbon and the Croix de Guerre with gilded star.

He retired as a colonel after 32 years of service. He relocated first to Los Fresnos, Texas, where he grew Texas grapefruit and oranges that were the delight of his family. He and his wife moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 2000 where they lived until failing health required assisted living care. He lived for several months in River Rock Lodge in Jackson before moving to his final home in Utah.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years; three children, John C. Bishop of Cheyenne; Helen Bishop Thompson of Roy, Utah, and Raymond C. Bishop of Jackson and their spouses; his brother Floyd A. Bishop of Cheyenne; his brother-in-law, Ed Halsey of Newcastle; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Loren Corbett Bishop; and his sisters, Ella Bishop Halsey and Clara Bishop Froggatt.

A Veterans' Ceremony will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas at 2 p.m. June 16 with interment to follow in the Bishop family plot in the Douglas Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Loren's name to the Douglas Boys Scouts, the Wyoming Sigma Nu Fraternity Education Foundation, or the Wyoming Pioneer Association. The family is in mourning for one more of our WWII veterans who are dying at a rapid rate.

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