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Charles Milton Bishop, 59, died Dec. 2, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he had been a patient since a stroke three weeks earlier.
Bishop was born in 1951 in Tomahawk, Wis., to Milton and Louise Bishop. He grew up in Hazelhurst, Wis., attended school in Minocqua, Wis., and Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wis. In 1972, he moved to Colorado where he was employed with the Forbes Co. for two years before returning to Rhinelander for a short time. He then moved to Alaska where he worked as a surveyor for the government. He later moved to Juneau, where he worked for USKH Transportation and Engineering Co. For three years he helped manage a chicken farm in Danube, Minn., before returning to Juneau in 2006. He worked for PND Engineers, Inc. in Juneau from 2006 until the time of his death.
Bishop was an avid outdoorsman, had his own fishing charter service in Juneau and loved riding his motorcycle. He created his own pattern for making hammocks, wrote a book presenting this method and taught hammock-making classes. He taught himself how to play harmonica. An eternal optimist and prankster, he was known for his jokes, stories, interesting dress mode and adventuresome spirit. His wit and humor delighted people wherever he went.
He spent three weeks each year in Jamaica for the past 27 years and developed many long-term relationships there. Although his time there was vacation time, he used his skills to help those he met. For instance, he helped a friend, one of the locals, establish a restaurant in Negril.
He was an active volunteer, photographer and generous spirit at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
Bishop is survived by his significant other, Judy Shook of Juneau; his siblings, Marilou Peterson (Floyd) of Alma Center, Wis., Lance Bishop of Woodruff, Wis., Susanne Bishop (Jo Yeske) of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Patrick Bishop (Elke) of Offenbach, Germany, Sallie Bishop (Glenn Bulat) of Minocqua, Wis., Kristy Bishop of Eugene, Ore.; children Cory Jaeger (Carrie) of Schofield, Wis. and Sarah (Rick) Over of Oceanside, Calif.; six grandchildren, 10 nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews who enjoyed him because he was young at heart. He is also survived by his former wives, Peggy Robertson and Wendy Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents. He will be greatly missed by family, many friends and acquaintances.
A Celebration of his Life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau with Rev. Judy Shook presiding. A memorial service will also be held in Wisconsin in the summer of 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 33491, Juneau, AK 99801.