Bishop, Roy Peter, Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Thursday, March 17, 2011 at St. Mary’s of Michigan Medical Center. Age 81 years. Son of the late Felix Ovid Bishop and Theresa M. (DeFord) Bishop, Roy was born November 8, 1929 in Bay City, Michigan. He was a twin and one of 12 children. He resided in Saginaw since his marriage to his wife, Frances Ragickas, his loving wife of 53 years, on October 24, 1957. She survives him. At the age of 17, Roy joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the tail end of WWII. After an honorable discharge, he decided to serve in the U.S. Air Force until 1954. Roy then entered the Trappist Monastery in Des Moines, Iowa for several years until he met his future wife at a church dance in Saginaw while visiting his mother. Roy was a true lover of the outdoors, philosophy and literature. He appreciated classical and big band music and loved to sing. He was a member and leader of one of the Legion of Mary Rosary groups in Saginaw for several years. Roy was employed by General Motors for 30 years and retired in 1992. He also owned a landscaping company since 1973. Surviving besides his wife Frances are two daughters and two sons, Dr. Michael Bishop, Omaha, Nebraska; Christine Bishop and David Bishop, Saginaw; Theresa Herrmann, Ann Arbor; 8 grandchildren and a host of other relatives. Roy will be greatly missed for his charismatic personality and faith in God. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral of Mary the Assumption Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate. Burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Services by American Legion Post #439. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Monday at Cathedral of Mary the Assumption Catholic Church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil-Rosary Service will take place at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Renovation Fund.