Ivan Earl Bishop | PostIndependent.com

Ivan Earl Bishop

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Ivan Earl Bishop, 84, died April 21, 2009, at Grace Healthcare of Glenwood Springs after a long battle with cancer.

He was born May 25, 1924, in New Boston, Missouri, to Charles and Ada Prough Bishop.

He grew up on the family farm with ten brothers and sisters until he joined the United States Army where he served in Munich, Germany during World War II.

He married Eileen Dorrell in 1946, they made their home in Montrose, Naturita, and Telluride, where Ivan worked as a uranium and gold miner before the couple moved to Glenwood Springs in 1967, where they lived for more than 40 years.

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Ivan worked as a foreman on the Reudi and Blue Mesa Dams, and later worked for the Snowmass Corporation and then as a maintenance supervisor at Colorado Mountain College.

Ivan enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with his family and his horses, and gardening.

He was a genuine, salt-of-the-earth kind of guy who loved to tell stories. He would “BS” with just about anybody and those who knew him best called him “Big I.”

He was a proud soldier, a true cowboy and a good man.

Survivors include daughters Diane and (John Sr.) Doose of Glenwood Springs and Deborah Corsentino of Westminster; grandchildren Kim Doose of Glenwood Springs, Jennifer Corsentino-Cooper (Troy) Cooper of Broomfield, John Jr. (Tanya) Doose of Rifle, and Jaime Doose of Glenwood Springs; and great-grandchildren Max and Ashley Doose of Rifle.

He was preceded in death by his wife, who died in 1995.

A full military graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, April 27, at Rosebud Cemetery. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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