Archie Merle Bishop was born Oct. 12, 1915, to Mabel and Orville Bishop in Yuma, Colo. He attended schools in Wray, Colo. In his early years, he helped with his grandfather, Arch Romine's farm near Hamlet, finding one of his life work loves. He also did numerous jobs including fur trading with Kenneth Romine and being an electrician with his father.
Archie met and married Maxine Carpenter, July 9, 1944, in Wauneta. They lived in Flint, Mich., where he worked as an electrical foreman building a large Buick automobile plant. Upon the death of his grandfather, Arch Romine in 1949, they moved back to Nebraska to his farm. During the ups and downs of his farming career, he worked as an electrical foreman during the building of the McCook High School.
In the mid-fifties, Archie met Art Fellows of Streeter, Ill., and started his career as a cattle order buyer. He enjoyed this career which during his heyday, he brought a trainload of 39 cars of cattle out of Agar, S.D., and shipped to Boxer Feed Lot in Brush, Colo.
In the mid-eighties, Archie drilled his own oil well which is still producing oil today. This was the start of the Bishop Field, south of Palisade. He remained active in overseeing the management of his various enterprises until his death.
Archie Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Mabel Bishop; one brother, Wilbur Bishop; and one sister, Verna Schilling.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; his son, Allan M. Bishop of Fort Smith, Ark.; his daughter, Linda and son-in-law, Gary Williamson of Spokane, Wash., and twin daughters Margaret Cooper of Tempe, Ariz., and Margery Bishop and son-in-law, Wilson Wesbrook of Douglass, Kan.
Two sisters Elberta Meinke of Burbank, Calif. and Patricia Young of Pasedena, Texas also survive him. He is survived by seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Archie lived a very fulfilling life. His family members desire that you remember him fondly and rejoice in his death. A memorial has been established with the YMCA. Services will be held Monday, Dec. 16, at Carpenter-Breland Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Graveside services will be held Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta, 10:45 a.m. (MST).
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.