Paul N. Bishop


New Castle, IN

For 83 years, Paul N. Bishop was a devoted dad and doting pap paw, a beloved brother, an uplifting uncle, a tremendous teacher, a venerable veteran, a competitive coach, a faithful fisherman, a hardy hunter, a strident sports fan, a dauntless dancer, and a fervent friend. He passed away surrounded by his family on May 21, 2023.

The youngest of six children, Paul was born on April 22, 1940 in Pinconning, Michigan to Homer and Helen Corbeille Bishop. After graduating from St. Michael Catholic High School in 1958, he joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country as a radioman until 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in science education from Indiana University.

Paul taught earth science to thousands of seventh-grade students during his 36-year teaching career, the majority of which he spent at Knightstown Jr.-Sr. High School (1973-2003). He also coached baseball, basketball, and football at Knightstown and in Harbor Beach, Michigan and Johannesburg, Michigan, where he started his teaching career.

During retirement, Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed live sporting events, especially as a fan for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children Brenda Bishop (Scott Taylor), Doug Bishop (Marnell), Ellen Crone (Chris) and three grandchildren, Teddi, Remington, and Gracelin.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM, Friday, May 26, 2023 at Sproles Family Funeral Home in New Castle, Indiana. Friends may visit 1:00 – 3:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

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