AULANDER, NC – John Frederick Bischoff, Jr., age 74, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Roanoke Chowan Hospital as the result of cardiac arrest.
John was born in Summerville, SC, to John F. Bischoff, Sr. and the former Marguerite Johnstone. He was predeceased by his sister, Elsie Walker and survived by his brother, Richard of Mt. Pleasant, SC.
John also leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Mary Evelyn, three children, Thurman Knight, III of Brainerd, MN, Barbara Lies of Cofield, NC, and Jean Nobles of Chesapeake, VA. John was grandfather to Tim and Jillian Knight, Jennifer Faw, and Taylor Anne Terry, stepdad to Tara Lies Forsythe and Shawn Lies, and great-grandfather to Griffin Terry.
After 30 years of active duty service as a communications and security specialist in the United States Coast Guard, John retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He went on to become a merchant marine and radio operator for various shipping companies. He was fortunate to have travelled the world in his careers.
John was a dedicated poll-worker for the Board of Elections, volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He was a Lutheran and a great American patriot. John was a patient and wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service will be held at Aulander Baptist Church on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.
Garrett-Jones Funeral Home is assisting the Bischoff family.
I’m a late comer to add my condolances, and like others only knew John through on-line exposure. When you participate in e-lists you delete a lot of messages without even reading them. I always read John’s messages because I knew there would be something worthwhile in what he had to say.
We are saddened to loose an “electronic friend”, but your hearache is evermore real. I pray God’s Grace and Peace for John’s family as even now you still miss him.
He was a voice of reason. I enjoyed reading his posts.
I’ll miss your observations and insight on the Yahoo Cast Bullet group. Thank you for your service to our Nation, and dedication to our sport.
May you find peace and your family strength.
I only knew John through the on line cast bullet list. I have appreciated his sharing of his knowledge and experience. I had no idea it was his home town, but a few years ago I had the pleasure of helping to rebuild a burned church in Summerville. What a beautiful place John came from and I know he has returned to another beautiful place. God bless.
May all your casting projects be perfect and your groups be small! Thanks for your service and your generous sharing of experience on this and other lists. Sail on smooth seas, my friend!
John, helped me with technical shooting-loading problems over the years. I will miss him. Some of what I learned from John, has and will be passed on to young shooters I mentor as coach, for the Youth shooting team called the Loudoun Rangers.
Mary and Family;
John was a valuable member of the Cast Bullet list and shared a wealth of information from personal experience with us over the past 10 years. He will be sorely missed.
I’m very sorry for your loss, and the loss of another “REAL American”.
John will be missed. Always appreciated his knowledgeable comments.
John will be missed by many.
My prayers are with his family.
I share in your loss.
I knew John thru several Internet lists, Ham radio, reloading ammunition and firearms. Rest in Peace.