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Robert Douglas Bishop

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Much beloved by family and friends, Robert Douglas Bishop, 88, passed away with family members in Albuquerque after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and two daughters, Angelique Chacon and Yvette Ammerman. He is also survived by three children, Robert Bishop Jr., Timothy Bishop and Betty Day Stokes by his late wife, Hazel Jo Wagner, who preceded him in 1976 in an accident.
He is also survived by 12 wonderful grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was married to Hazel Jo Wagner in 1947 and they had four children, one of which died shortly after childbirth.
After Jo's death was a transition period for Robert as he had retired from the Soil Conservation Service and met Margaret during his post-retirement work with the state. They married in 1978, where he took on the parental responsibilities of Margaret's two children, Yvette and Angelique. Robert and Margaret had 35 years together before his passing.
Robert was a graduate of Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and range management. He did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma in economics, and regional and urban planning.
Robert was also a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon his honorable discharge, he went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. His last position was area conservationist for southern New Mexico. He retired from Soil Conservation Service after 33 years of outstanding service.
Upon retiring from SCS, he served as director of the New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation Division, developing a water quality management and sediment control plan for New Mexico. He continues to be fondly remembered for his warmth and immense expertise by farmers and ranchers in every corner of the state.
Bob then returned to southern New Mexico and, continuing his sense of duty to serve, was elected to the Otero County Commission and became. On the commission, he was revered for his wisdom and uncompromising honesty and integrity.
After retirement, Bob was an active volunteer and devoted his time toward leadership of a number of different conservation and organizations, including serving in a number of positions in the Otero Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Soil Conservation Society of America.
Robert was a man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but especially so by his family for whom he was considered a person of the highest honesty, integrity and with a deep love and appreciation for his family, the land and his country.
Memorial services will be officiated by the Rev. Christine Robinson at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE. The services will be December 21st at 2 p.m.
Bob's family requests that any gifts in his honor be sent to Habitat for Humanity, <
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 17, 2013 to Jan. 11, 2014
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