Obituary Melvin Roy Bishop,
Lawton, Oklahoma, 14 Jul 1964
S-Sgt. M. R. Bishop -- Services for S.Sgt. (Ret.) Melvin Roy Bishop, 40, of 415 N.W. 53rd, are pending at Greenlawn Funeral home. He died about 9:40 a.m. today in the U.S. Army hospital, Fort Sill, from an apparent heart condition, after a brief illness. Sgt. Bishop was born July 27, 1923, in Mexico, Mo. He entered the national Guard in 1940, and was activated into the Regular Army following Pearl Harbor. He served with the 6th Armored Division in the European Theater during World War II, and overseas tours since that time have included Korea and Okinawa. He held the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart. He married Ruby Ann Sims in Kansas City, Mo., March 28, 1943. He retired from the Army in 1962, at Fort Sill, and had been an agent for Security Union Life Insurance Co. since. He was also a licensed real estate broker. He had lived in Lawton about four years. Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, John, stationed with the Air Force in France; Melvin R. Bishop Jr., stationed at Forbes Air Force Base, Kans.; James, 16, and Kenneth, 14, both of the home; two daughters, Linda, 9, and Deborah, 6, both of the home; four sisters, Mrs. William Bales and Mrs. Robert Edler, both of St. Charles, Mo; Mrs James Vorhees, Gardena, Calif., and Mrs. Al Peters, Manson, Iowa; two brothers, William, of Centralia, Mo., and Robert, address unknown.
Obituary Ruby Ann (Sims) Bishop,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 04 Aug 2000
The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 07 Aug 2000 Ruby Ann Bishop, much loved mother of six, succumbed at 6:30 a.m., Friday, August 4th, 2000, after a long battle with lung cancer. Quitting smoking in December 1998, after more than fifty years, was a difficult and proud accomplishment she shared with her family and wished for everyone. Ruby was born April 13th, 1927, in Mexico, Missouri, the third of four children of Robert Rudolph Sims and Ruth Anna Sims nee Day. She was a woman of that strong generation born into the Great Depression and that went to work so the men could go to war. Ruby worked in a plant making firebrick. At World War II's end Ruby became the housewife and she and her war hero husband, Melvin, were the traditional couple, he the breadwinner, she the homemaker. They had six children. Melvin was a career soldier and Ruby and the children accompanied him to many postings in several states. They lived one year in Okinawa and one year in Germany. Melvin died in 1964 leaving Ruby with four children still at home. Ruby returned to the workforce and when the youngest child completed high school she enrolled in college. Ruby graduated from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1980. She became an auditor with the Oklahoma Tax Commission and was soon recognized throughout the state for her expertise, her efficiency, and her fairness in promptly settling estate tax filings. She was rising quickly in her profession. Ruby was stricken with lung cancer in 1989 and though blessed with remission following chemotherapy and radiation treatments had to retire from the Tax Commission. She remained in close touch with many of her professional and personal friends and acquaintances throughout the remainder of her allotted time. Retirement was only a shifting of gears for Ruby. She remained very busy through her volunteer work and church involvement, her arts and crafts, and indulging her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She maintained her home and full independence until April 2000 then consented to stay with her children. Ruby accepted a special relationship with her Creator when a young lady and that relationship sustained her throughout this life. She now resides with God. She knows true peace. Ruby is survived by her siblings; sisters, Frances Bugg and Mary Bonnell, of Mexico, Missouri, and a brother, James Sims and his wife Barbara, of Altamonte Springs, Florida. She is also survived by her four sons and two daughters and their spouses she loved as her own; John and Kathy Bishop, of Mustang; Bud and Becky Bishop, of Oklahoma City; Jim and Rose Bishop, of Edmond; Ken and Jeana Bishop, of Columbia, Missouri; Linda Phillips, of Oklahoma City; and Debbie and Barry Fitzgerald, of Lawton. She leaves twenty-four grandchildren and thirty-six great grandchildren. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 9th, 2000, at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church with internment following at 3:00 p.m., at Old Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, under the direction of McNeil's Funeral Service. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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