Charles Bishop, 81, Kasson
Charles Bishop, long-time Kasson resident and co-owner of Bishop & Wachholz, Inc., passed away, surrounded by family and friends, on Feb. 22, 2019 due to complications from a fall on the ice. He had resided for three weeks at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. He was 81.
Born in 1937 on the family’s dairy farm near Dallas, Wis., Chuck graduated from Barron High School in 1955 where he was a stand-out running back.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a crew member on AD5N planes with 85 aircraft carrier takeoffs and landings. His return to college, and planned wedding, were interrupted by a naval reserve call up in the months prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his assignment was to photograph Soviet container ships believed to be carrying missile components and supplies.
Discharged in 1962, he finished his degree in agriculture education from UW River Falls and for the next five years worked for International Harvester as a company field representative in southern Minnesota.
That led him to a successful and long-running business partnership with Charles Wachholz. They purchased an implement dealership in Kasson in 1967, which became Bishop & Wachholz, Inc. They sold the business in 1997.
Chuck married Kay Bedor of Minneapolis, in 1962. They were married for 56 years, and had two children, Peter, now living in Ludlow, Ky., and Mark, who passed away in 1998.
Chuck loved the Lord and served Him faithfully at the First Baptist Church in Kasson where he and Kay have attended since moving to the community in 1968. He served as church treasurer, AWANA leader, Vacation Bible School jack-of-all-trades, choir and drama team member, and church “barista.”
Despite significant health issues in his later years, Chuck was very active – bowling, golfing, chatting with neighbors and acquaintances, attending KoMet games, watching lots of football and basketball, and rooting for the Vikings unless they were playing the Packers.
Chuck was preceded in death by his son Mark, parents Kennard and Verna Bishop of Dallas, Wisconsin, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Alfred and Coy Bedor of Minneapolis.
He is survived by his wife, Kay, son, Peter of Ludlow, Ky., sister, Beverly Wagner of Ft. Atkinson, Wis., nephew, Paul Wagner of Fitchburg, Wis., numerous cousins, and many dear friends.
Visitation will be Friday, March 1 at Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes in Kasson from 5 to 7 p.m., and also at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Kasson’s First Baptist Church before an 11 a.m. funeral service. A spring burial is planned.
Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church in Kasson.