Ray proudly served our county in the US Air Force during Vietnam. He later worked as a transmitter operator in broadcasting. With a variety of interests, Ray and his wife were RV missionaries (members of MAPS and C.O.M.), traveling the United States. As he often said, “I didn’t study to be a Bishop; I was born a Bishop.” Ray sang and played guitar and was a Ham Radio operator (call sign K0JFR). He was also skilled in carpentry and electronics, calling himself the “Jack of all trades and the master of none.” Ray left a legacy for his family and all he met: “Every day is a good day---but . . . some days are better.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepsister, Helen, a stepbrother, George Bishop; and half-brother, Lawrence Bishop.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Marilyn Bishop, a son, Michael Bishop of Cadiz, Kentucky; a daughter, Melinda Bishop-Lehman of Tucson, Arizona; and five grandchildren: Michael Shawn Bishop, Sommer Lehman, Shayna Lehman, Andrew Lehman, and Austin Lehman.
Memorial service with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Grace Community Assembly, 3101 Gretna Rd, Branson, Missouri, with Pastor David Betzer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope House Children’s Home at Grace Community Assembly. And we will recall his familiar saying of how to remember his name: “To remember my name, what comes from the sun: Ray.”