Frank L. Bishop

Frank L. Bishop

January 16, 1936 - January 20, 2016

Frank L. Bishop

January 16, 1936 - January 20, 2016


He was preceded in death by: his father Thomas Albert, mother Fleta Mae and older brothers Thomas Edward and Melvyn Ray “CAP”. He is survived by: his partner in marriage of sixty-one years, Mavis and his four sons Steven Bradley, Brian Keith, Andrew Garner, and David LeRoy and four grand children Katie, Kenny, Jordan and Jake. Frank was born in Independence, Kansas. His family moved from there to Wichita, Kansas when he was three. He grew up in Wichita except for a short time in Missouri when he was in the 5th grade. His mother, stepfather Norman, and he, moved back to Wichita in 1947. He attended local schools there until he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Wichita in 1961. His engineering career included tenure at Aerojet General Corp. in Sacramento, California as a design engineer on the NERVA Nuclear Rocket Engine, Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale, California as a design Engineer on the AGENA Satellite Rocket motor case and propellant valves, Sargent Industries in El Segundo, California as their Chief Engineer for New Products, National Production Systems in Los Nietos, California as the design Engineer on down hole petroleum pumps, and Parker Hannifin Hydraulics in Irvine, California where he worked as the Responsible Engineer on the Apache Helicopter Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Components until he retired in 2000. Frank was a born again Christian and a member of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California. He loved his Lord Jesus, his family and his church.

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5 responses to Frank L. Bishop

  1. Theresa says:

    Mavis, I am so sorry to hear about Frank. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Theresa and Mark Neckameyer

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  3. Jenny Phan says:

    Mavis, I’m in sympathy to heard of your lost. May God protect you and your family. May He bring you peace. Jenny Phan.

  4. Brenda Agard says:


    You know how much we’ve always loved you and Frank. You guys have always been there through every joy and storm! We’ve never doubted your strength, support, and love, and we will miss Frank like a family member for the rest of our lives. I hope the following poem helps if even in the smallest way.

    You and your family are always in our hearts and prayers!

    Love, Brenda

    “The Broken Chain”
    Author: Ron Tranmer

    We little knew that day,
    God was going to call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly,
    In death, we do the same.

    It broke our hearts to lose you.
    You did not go alone.
    For part of us went with you,
    The day God called you home.

    You left us beautiful memories,
    Your love is still our guide.
    And although we cannot see you,
    You are always at our side.

    Our family chain is broken,
    And nothing seems the same,
    But as God calls us one by one,
    The chain will link again.

  5. ray bishop says:

    Aunt Mavis, Steve, Brian, Andy, and David
    I have so many memories of my Uncle Frank. The one that comes to mind is the day he he asked his borther (Cap) and his family over for home made pizza. I’ll never forget it as it was the first time I had ever had pizza! It was so good!
    My Uncle is now in the hands of Jesus and standing with his brothers Ed and Cap.
    I loved him deeply and may all of your hearts be blessed from his spirit as mine is.
    Nephew and Cousin Ray

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