Michael Eugene Bishop, 66, of Belle Center, passed away Thursday evening, January 9, 2014 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima due to pneumonia. He was born in Bellefontaine on January 24, 1947 to the late George and Ella May (Smith) Bishop. Mike was raised by Hamer and Gladys Dipple as his mother died when he was 8 days old. He has lived in the Men's Residential Home in Belle Center for the past 28 years where he received loving sacrificial care by their staff.
RTC Industries was a vital part of Mike's life. He worked there for 38 years alongside many friends and caring supervisors. He attended Rushsylvania Church of Christ and had previously attended Belle Center Church of Christ. Mike loved to collect things – especially radios, flashlights, and decks of cards.
Mike was always eager to meet new people, shake their hand, and ask their name and if they had any kids. He was always happy and very generous with smiles and hugs. He will be missed by many, especially the Betty Fulkerson Family and the entire Varner Family with whom he spent holidays and birthdays.
Pastor Lynn Cleaveland will conduct a funeral service on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11am at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to RTC Industries, 36 Co. Rd. 32 South, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.