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Official Obituary of

Jerry Bishop

April 17, 1958 ~ March 1, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old

Jerry Bishop Obituary

Jerry Lee Bishop passed away unexpectedly in his home on March 1, 2024 in Havre, MT. Jerry was born on April 17, 1958 to Douglas & Annie Bishop of Kalispell, MT. Jerry was the sibling who was thoughtful, curious, adventurous, and loved to experiment.

He had a lifelong passion for reading and learning. Jerry would tackle most projects regardless of how physically demanding they were. This could have been why after high school at the booming size of 5'10" and 150 pounds he decided to participate in the rough sport of rugby.

Raised in Evergreen with his 6 siblings and numerous childhood neighbors there were always games to play, friends to make, and outside activities year round. Whether it was swimming, fishing, snow-catting, hooky bobbing, or just plain exploring, Jerry was always a part and leading the charge.

After high school, Jerry went to diesel mechanic school in Havre, MT and worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe for many years. His love of learning and acquiring new skills led him to nursing school. Jerry graduated from nursing school and was a registered nurse in his hometown of Kalispell, MT before becoming a traveling nurse. He worked and travelled all over the United States. Being able to experience and learn firsthand from the different cultures and communities he served was very important to Jerry. But even with the excitement and enrichment from traveling, Montana called him home. Jerry spent many years serving the community of Libby, MT specializing as a kidney dialysis nurse.

His life-long love of building, adventure, and challenge continued. His greatest achievement was his home which he single-handedly built by hand, with no machinery, on Deer Island at Echo Lake. This was a task that took years and years to accomplish, but Jerry did it from start to finish. This also included driving well casing by hand for his drinking water and hand digging and hauling in drain rock by 5 gallon buckets to have a legal septic system.

He loved having friends and family, especially nieces and nephews, come to his home especially in the summer. It was his joy to watch the younger generation do cannonballs off of the diving board or fish off the dock. Jerry’s true joy was sharing what he had built with others.

He loved cats and his companion, Duder, of 15yrs was with him to the end.

Jerry was preceded in death by his brother Marty and parents Doug Bishop and Annie Norheim.

He is survived by brothers Kenny Bishop in Alaska, Ross (Rene') Bishop, sisters Sheila (John) Stillian in Spokane, Lorene Bishop, Tana (Bruce) Corpron, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

His storytelling and humor will be greatly missed.

The family will find a date to celebrate his life at a later date.

Donations in Jerry’s honor can be made to your local animal shelter.

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