Harold “Mike” Wesley Bish, 92, Negley, Ohio, formerly of New Galilee, died Saturday, March 5, 2011.
He was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Oak Ridge, a son of the late Guy W. Bish and Pearl (Davis) Bish.
Mr. Bish lived a very full and happy life. He enlisted in the service after high school and was a World War II veteran, where he served as a staff sergeant in the 190th and 200th Field Artillery Battalion, U.S. Army. He received the highest commendation from his major general and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for military operations from May 1944 to May 1945. Additionally, he was wounded by the enemy in December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He met his wife, Dorothy (Haskings) Bish, while in Bath, England, where they were married. She was a war bride who waited out two years of the war to travel to America with her husband via the original Queen Mary. They were married for a blissful 57 years. She preceded him in death.
An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Bish was most happy hunting in the woods or fishing on the river. His garden and flowers were his pride, particularly his rose trellis. Family and grandchildren were the light of his life, as well as his faithful dog, Benny.
Surviving relatives include a son, John Bish and wife Helen; two daughters, Kate McCrea and husband Nate and Colleen Bish; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Clint Bish, Palmer “Pil” Bish and Wayne Bish; and a grandson, Michael Bish.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the Lutton Chippewa Funeral Home, 117 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011, with the Rev. Glen Bias officiating.
Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
The Veterans' Honor Guard will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the cemetery to present full military honors.
His family would like to publicly thank Hospice Senior Independence, which has been so helpful during this difficult time.
The family requests contributions be made in Mr. Bish's name, if desired, to Hospice Senior Independence, 6715 Tippecanoe Road Bldg. E, Suite 201, Canfield, OH 44406.