Mr. Henry Eugene Bishop, age 58, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on Friday, April 21, 2023, at Capital Region Medical Center.
He was born on May 18, 1964, in Columbia, Mo., the son of George Henry and Beatrice Ilene (Stockwell) Bishop.
Growing up in the mid-Missouri area, Henry graduated from New Franklin High School in New Franklin, Mo. Henry went into construction following graduation and was an accomplished roofer. Later in life he could be found behind the scenes as a chef at Morgan’s Grill and St. Mary’s Hospital. He even carried some of that talent over and enjoyed cooking for the love of his life, Michelle, and their family.
One evening Henry’s father had a special guest over for dinner, it was Bucky Dent who earned two World Series rings as the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978 and was voted the World Series MVP in 1978. After listening to his stories, Henry became a dedicated New York Yankees fan despite his family pressuring him to cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Henry became quite the coin collector in his later years and would get excited when he got his hands on an Indian Head wheat penny. In his spare time, he and Michelle would go arrowhead hunting for hours, which was another of his loves. He was an avid bow hunter in his earlier years and recently talking about starting it up again. Henry loved spending time outdoors, taking his dogs, Kias and Kado, for long walks. Music meant something to Henry, nothing a good tune couldn’t fix. He enjoyed going to music festivals and to community events and was known for his sidekick “Officer Bob,” one of his many puppets. He was fond of Pink Floyd and listening to the blues which he did every weekend listening to KJLU and drinking his morning coffee. Friends were a lifeline to Henry, and he enjoyed their company and hanging out.
Above all, his greatest love was for his wife, Michelle. They were inseparable and would go antiquing and tended to their flower garden. Henry cherished every moment that he had with his grandchildren; they had a special and unbreakable bond. Henry had a great sense of humor, a big kind heart and loved his grandchildren dearly. He will be remembered for saying, “Don’t be ashamed to be poor, but be ashamed to be poorly.”
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Michelle; children, Amanda Bishop, Kris Bishop, Katherine Smith (Adam), Travis Lyons (Jessica), Jason Lyons and Shaun Welch (Elisa); twelve grandchildren, Aubrey Smith, Kadyn Smith, Alexis Smith, Della Smith, Gracyn Smith, Tyler Welch, Charlotte Welch, Ethan Bishop, Makayla Bishop, Trinity Griffin, Rhiannon Jones and Bria Ingram; one great grandson, Indie Griffin; siblings, George Michael Bishop, Charles Bishop, James Henry Bishop, Alan Rhoer, Randy Rhoer, Gene Rhoer, Maxine, Georgie, Brenda, Donna, Jim, Johny and Jack; numerous other loving relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Patty and Cathy; and one grandson, Trevor Smith who passed in 2009.
A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.