Laurance Marion Bishop, 89, of Mount Ayr died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at his home near Mount Ayr.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Mount Ayr United Methodist Church with the Rev. Melvin Ammon officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. There will be military graveside honors by Ringgold Post No. 172 and U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Open visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., in Mount Ayr with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are established to Mount Ayr Methodist Church and Ringgold County Conservation Board. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.
Laurance, son of Ross Eber and Olive Moffett Bishop, was born June 24, 1929, in Minnesota. The family moved to Mount Ayr when he was very young. Laurance graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1949. Laurance enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1951. Laurance was assigned to Barbers Point NAS in Hawaii.
On Sept. 4, 1952, Laurance married Margaret Turner in Hawaii. After being stationed in San Diego, California, he was discharged and returned to Iowa. Laurance and Margaret joined the family farm operation, and Laurance also worked at local sale barns. In 1988, he turned the farming operation over to the boys and he joined Randy Vardaman at Central States Resources Co., an investment company based in Omaha, Nebraska.
He was an active member of Mount Ayr United Methodist Church and 60-year member of Masonic Lodge Faith Lodge No. 179, serving as worshipful master during their 100-year celebration and recognized as Legend in Masonry by the Grand Master in 2017. He served as Rainbow Dad for several girls.
Laurance is survived by his wife Margaret of Mount Ayr; son Randy (Christine) and their children, Shane, (Kim) and their children Tyler and Maverick, Mekenze (Casey) Cortum and their children, Kendell and Jorey, Kegan (Jessica) and their children, Barrett and Skylar; son Larry and his daughter Brenna; and son Terry (Lori) and their children, Tyler, Emily and Sarah Campbell; sister Elizabeth Jefferson of Colorado; nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Barton and Berniece Turner; brother James (Florence); sister Marjorie (Norman); brother-in-law William Jefferson and grandson Ross Bishop.