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Franklin soldier who marched under Gen. George Patton dies

A local member of the U.S. Army who fought during the Battle of the Bulge has died.

Donald Bishop, of Franklin, who served during World War II, died Saturday at Hospice of Butler-Warren Counties. He was 92.

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Bishop marched one day under Gen. George Patton and was on the “front lines” for 30 days, said Janese Griffin, one of his daughters. She said her father was “very proud” of his military service and talked about those experiences more recently.

He graduated from Carlisle High School in June 1944 and was drafted into the Army two months later. After the war, he served as a supply clerk in Germany, his daughter said. He returned to Warren County in 1946.

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Bishop was employed with Miami Conservancy for 25 years and retired in 1986. He specialized in flood control. After work, he farmed in Carlisle where he raised cattle and hogs and grew tobacco, his daughter said. He also grew soybeans, corn and wheat on land he rented along the Great Miami River in Middletown.

Griffin said she learned “hard work” from her father.

“Farming is not for the weak of heart,” she said.

She said her father was “always in charge” and he “guided the way.”

He was also an avid woodworker who loved people, his daughter said. Two years ago, at his 90th birthday party, there were 225 guests and during his six days under Hospice care, he had 70 visitors, his daughter said.

“A real people person” is how she described her father.

Bishop was a member of Carlisle Lions Club, Eastern Star Lodge No. 55 F&AM, Shrine Club, and New Jersey Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his two daughters, Brenda (Billy) Wilson and Janese (David) Griffin; five grandchildren, Emily Griffin Bowman, LeeAnna Wilson Dawson, Greg Griffin, Daniel Wilson, and Douglas Wilson; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Bishop; mother, Anna Mary Bishop; wife, Joyce Bishop; sister, Joan Perry; sister, Lois Dyas; sister, Esther Puls; and son, Paul V. Bishop.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson Funeral Homes 40 N. Main St., Springboro. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Don Clarkson officiating. Burial will be in New Jersey Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military honors.

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