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Obituaries: Darwin "Teets" Laverne Bishop

 

July 16, 2021

Darwin "Teets" Laverne Bishop, resident of the Duluth area, passed away peacefully Saturday, July 3, 2021, just shy of his 86th birthday. He was born to Sylvester and Charlotte Northrup in Carlton County. He was a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe.

In his younger years, Darwin and Lynn "Dolly" lived in California with their family. He held several painting jobs, including working for Disneyland, Lockheed Martin, Carroll Shelby and Hiller Helicopters. He was a truant officer at Washington High School in Duluth, which led him to his career as a corrections counselor at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center. He was one of the original staff, and retired from that position after 26 years of service. For many years while at the AJC, he also held the position of chief constable in Midway Township, along with his sons, Guy and Dean. Anyone who "encountered" Darwin knew him to be firm, but fair. He was a big part of the boys' and girls' foster care home his wife, Lynn, ran for more than 25 years. They made a great team and were both very generous with their time and money.

After retiring, Darwin and Lynn became snowbirds and spent many winters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Darwin was elected the Roadrunner Lake Resort homeowners association president and fondly nicknamed "Chief."

Darwin enjoyed collecting and selling classic cars, going to swap meets, traveling and taking his family to Disney World, going to the casino, playing dice and card games, doing jigsaw and word-find puzzles, laughing, and joking around and spending time with his loved ones.

Darwin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Clara "Dooksie" Skoglund and Viola "Gabby" Foldesi; daughter, Terra Bishop Lind; and his wife, Lynn Downs Bishop.

He is survived by his sons, Guy (Kristi Hage) and Dean (Kim); son-in-law, Todd Lind; four grandchildren, Bradley Bishop (Cortnee Defoe), Kassandra Bishop (Troy Arfsten), Todd "TJ" Lind, and Teran Lind; brother, Leslie (Judy) Northrup; an adopted daughter, Sally (Frank) Peckron, and their children Sarah, Amber and Matthew; and very many other loving family members and friends.

The family would like to thank Darwin's grandson Bradley Bishop for the daily care he provided him the past six years. Darwin loved all his children and grandchildren very much, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31 at Forbes United Methodist Church, 33 Grove Street in Proctor.

Pine Knot News, July 16, 2021

 
 

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