Ruben L. Bishop, (R.L.), 84 of Malden died on Aug. 30, 2007, at the VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff.
Mr. Bishop was born June 30, 1922 in Bernie, where he finished high school. Soon after graduation, he joined the Missouri National Guard in 1939, and was called up to the U.S. Army in 1940, serving until 1945 in Europe. He was taken captive at the Battle of the Bulge and was held prisoner for three and a half months. He received two Purple Hearts for injuries suffered prior to his capture and two Bronze Stars for meritorious and heroic duty.
After World War II he returned to St. Louis and was employed by McCabe Powers Company and remained with them for thirty-five years. In July of 1953 he married Betty Miller and moved to the Festus area. There he was involved with many activities, helping to get Little League baseball started, and contributing to Youth Fellowship at the Platin Methodist Church, where he also served as a Deacon for many years.
After retiring to Malden he became active in the Malden American Legion and the Lilbourn Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a life member in each organization. He helped both with their bingo activities, which he loved to play. Always a patriot, he placed flags on the graves of veterans in Malden and Bernie.
Survivors include: two sons, Kenneth Dale and Dennis Kay Bishop of Los Angeles, Calif., on daughter: Phillis Tolleson of Malden, three grandchildren: Eric Eggers of Hazelwood, Mo., Michael Eggers of San Antonio, Texas and Brian Eggers, now stationed in Iraq, and three great-grandchildren: Devon, Kelsey, and Emily Eggers.
Other survivors include four sisters: Sybil Olive of Festus, Mary Nelle Stokes of Huntington Beach, Calif., Pat Seitrich of St. Charles and Christa McCullen of Piedmont and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Ruben and Ollie Bishop, his wife: Betty, one son: Larry Wayne, two sisters: Jewel Tuttle and Norma Lampher, and three brothers: Haskell and twins Wendell Kay and Lindell Ray Bishop.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3, 2007 at the Landess Funeral Chapel in Malden. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. Burial with full military honors will be in Baker Cemetery, Marble Hill, Mo.