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Robert B. 'Whistle' Bishop dies at 85

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Robert B. “Whistle” Bishop, age 85 of Porter, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at his home.

He was born on January 20, 1923 in Chesterton, the son of Bernard and Mary T. (Losiniski) Bishop, both of whom preceded him in death.

On September 30, 1967 in Porter, he married Rita M. (Brzycki) Chemma, who survives in Porter.

Robert is also survived by his son, Eugene J. (Judith Zick) Chemma of Porter; sister, Mary E. Coleman of Chesterton; grandchildren, Kristin and Scott Chemma; brother-in-law, James Robinson of Crown Point; sister-in-law, Florence (Brzycki) Knoff of Lakeland, FL; special friend and caretaker, Ella Boba; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Clement Bishop; and sisters, Florence (Studtman) Curiel, Martha (Michaels) Robinson, Dorothy Chaplin, Gertrude Donnersberger, and Eleanor Hayman.

Mr. Bishop was a lifelong area resident and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton. He retired in 1983 from the United States Post Office, where he worked and was the first mail carrier for Porter. He was a member of the VFW Porter Post 2511, American Legion Post 170 in Chesterton and the St. Patrick Senior Citizen Club. He was a veteran of the US Navy Air Corps, serving during World War II. He played on the CHS 6 man football state champion team and played baseball for Club 25 and the Porter “V’s.” Mr. Bishop was instrumental in establishing the State Park Little League and Babe Ruth Leagues in Porter and was the citizen of the year in Porter in 2006.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. Lawrence Heeg officiating, will be at 11 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2008 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Church Cemetery, Chesterton. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 16, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Posted 10/15/2008