Donald Bish

Donald Richard Bish

Saturday, August 8th, 1931 - Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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Donald R. Bish, 88, of Stevensville, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd. St. Joseph. Burial will follow in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Benton Harbor. Visitation will be held from 1-3 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020, also at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at

Don was born on August 8, 1931, to Julius and Amelia Bish in Benton Harbor. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1950. Professionally, Don’s career began as a projectionist at the State Theatre in Benton Harbor. He then worked at Whirlpool for fourteen years before joining the United States Postal Service where he retired after nearly fourteen years. Don loved listening to and playing classical music on his piano. He also enjoyed classic cars.

Don is survived by his nephews, David (Connie) Bush, Wendell (Merrily) Emery and life long friend, Larry (Shirley) Cole. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Amelia Bish; brothers & sisters, Dorothy Richter, Leona Bish, Lillian Sivage, Edward Bish, Theodore “Pike” Bish, Helen Potter, Leocadia “Kittie” Cassin, Marian Bush, Elsie Bish, Pearl Sepp and nephews, Charles & Edward Bish.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Crystal Springs Cemetery
    1655 E. Napier Ave.
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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Mike and Kathy Phipps

Posted at 10:07am
It's difficult to say good-bye when someone we love dies, To know we'll miss the laughter and the love found in their eyes. Yet much emptiness and heartache, much loneliness and sorrow, Will be eased by cherished memories living on in us tomorrow, May your sorrow be less and your memories more dear with every passing day. Don, we so appreciated your love and generosity for others. May we meet again one day.

Mary Fowler

Posted at 01:45pm
Such warm memories of Donnie – a kind, caring soul. He was my dad’s life-long friend. He stood up for my parents when they married in 1952. I have such fond recollections of hearing my dad talk about his and Donnie’s weekly grocery trip to South Bend, coming back with a truck full of special deals and always including Coke. Rest in peace Donnie and give my dad a huge hug!

bob schell

Posted at 04:08pm
Don you will be missed … I always looked forward to every other Thursday when you and Larry would stop by and spin your yarn and have a good laugh at the dealership. You began as a good customer and ended being a great friend. God Bless you Don and I am sure they have a couple cases of Coke waiting for you at the Pearly gates. Till we meet again!!!
Bob Schell

Chris Roush

Posted at 08:30pm
Fondly remember visiting Donnie and his sister Leona when she was staying with him. His buddy Chico was always in on the conversation. There was usually something cooking in the kitchen as well. RIP Donnie, our condolences to the family.
Keith And Chris Roush

Norm Hetfield Posted at 10:29pm

Don always had a different point of view that would be straighter than ours. He was a friend when you needed one and was always a happy person who gave his all.

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