Joel Robert Bishop
May 13, 1967 – January 1, 2021
Joel Robert Bishop—Father, Husband, Brother and Friend—passed away on January 1, 2021 in Turlock, California. Joel was born to Robert and Nola Ann Bishop in Moberly, Missouri on May 13, 1967.
Joel was a passionate golfer—and a good one! One of his greatest pleasures was golfing with his sons, playing in tournaments and volunteering. As a young man he worked as a professional golfer, later becoming an Electrician. He was excited when he went to work with E & J Gallo Winery where he worked for eight years as a Controls Technician. He enjoyed his work, and also used this time to learn more about the industry as well as about wine. He was definitely a good guy to have at the table when it was time to order the perfect wine and very much enjoyed giving good wine as a gift.
Joel was an active member of the Northern California Golf Association and the E & J Gallo Winery Golf Club. As a member of the Gallo Golf Club, Joel excelled at planning and participating in the Annual United Way Golf Tournament each year. His joy and enthusiasm encouraged participation in the event that meant so much to him.
Joel was appreciated for many things. He was an amazing cook who enjoyed making Sunday breakfast for his kids and any opportunity to share his skills as grill master extraordinaire. He loved his music and used his eclectic taste to finely tune some of the best playlists ever. He always wanted to do the very best for everyone and enjoyed spending time with extended family. He had a smile that could light up a room and was well liked by many who met him. He was a down-to-earth guy who was always willing to step in and help solve a problem.
Joel is survived by his wife of 16 years, Erin Bishop of Turlock and their two children Oliver and Miette. Joel also leaves behind two older children, Joelle Bishop and Baird Bishop of Tahoe City, an older sister, Beth Bishop Hardwick of Nevada City and eleven nieces and nephews living in California, Kentucky and Switzerland. He leaves aunts and cousins and a couple of friends who were like brothers. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Nola Ann Bishop and two brothers, Edward Bishop and Scott Bishop.
Joel had a full and busy life. He was deeply loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed by those he touched.
At this time there are no plans for a memorial service. Those who are moved are invited to offer donations in his memory to Jessica’s House of Turlock, California or the First Tee of Central Valley of Modesto, California.