Roy William Bisping, age 94, of Faribault, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.
He was born April 7, 1913, in Faribault to Edward C. and Ida S. (Bauer) Bisping. Roy was baptized April 27, 1913, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, and confirmed at the same church in April of 1928.
Roy attended Trinity Lutheran School and Faribault High School. After high school, he worked at various places, including Nye Greenhouse, Schuenke Farms, and Walsh’s Grocery.
He served five years in the US Army during WWII in the European Theatre. Following the end of the war, Roy returned home and worked for the Minnesota State Hospital for 35 years. As his family grew, he added extra jobs including custodian at Peace Lutheran Church and School and his own painting business.
Roy married Irene Schmidt July 5, 1947, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault. The couple was blessed with four children: Diane, Richard, Marlene, and Christine.
A charter member of Peace Lutheran Church, Roy helped with the construction of the buildings. He took great joy in serving on committees and held many offices, including elder, trustee and financial secretary. He also enjoyed Men’s Club, Dart Ball League, and church softball.
Fishing, the Minnesota Twins, playing euchre and Yatzee, and having morning coffee at McDonald’s were his favorite pastimes. Roy was known for his sense of humor, twinkle in his eye, and teasing nature. He seemed to make friends with everyone he met, and he was always ready to help others.
Roy was famous as a Southpaw pitcher on various city softball teams.
In his later years, he received the gift of two cornea transplants.
Roy is survived by his wife, Irene; four children, Diane Bisping of Norwood-Young America, Rick (and Karen) Bisping of Faribault, Marnie (and Neal) Glessing of Howard Lake and Chris (and Buzz Hummel) Hopkins of Morris; seven grandchildren, Tara Bisping (and Trevor Nelson), Dan Bisping, David Glessing, Tad Hopkins, T.J. (and fiancée, Kay Snyder) Hopkins, Trevor Hopkins, and Shandi Hopkins; step grandchildren Ray (and Joyce) Hummel and Bernadine Hayes; great- grandchildren Alexander Flynn and Tristan Nelson; and step great-grandchildren Chad and Amy Hummel; step great-great-grandchildren Kylie and Mariah Hummel.
He is further survived by two sisters, Elsie Maag of Minneapolis, and Irene (and Bernhard) Wegner of Faribault; four sisters-in-law, Edna Schulenberg, Dorothy Griesert, Elda (and Everett) Fuchs, all of Faribault, and Laura (and Harold) Berglund of Lakeland; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frederick, Edgar, and Edmund; a sister, Sally Lueders; and a son-in-law, Ken Hopkins, Jr.
Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Faribault with the Revs. Robert L. Mundahl and Maynard Spitzack officiating. Interment was at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, with military rites provided by Central Veterans Association.
Visitation was Friday, Jan. 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home; and continued Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by the Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault.