Donald “Don” E. Bishop
March 7, 1981 - April 13, 2013
Donald “Don” E. Bishop, of Waukesha died Saturday, April 13, 2013, doing what he loved, working as a Town of Brookfield Police officer, at the age of 32. He was born in Waukesha on March 7, 1981, the beloved son of Ronald and Barbara (nee Mueller) Bishop.
He was a graduate of Mukwonago High School and attended Waukesha County Technical College where he received his training in law enforcement, firefighting and as an emergency medical technician. Don touched many lives in his career in emergency services working as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, a dispatcher and as an expert in radio communications for public safety agencies. He started his career as a dispatcher with the Waukesha County Communications Center and the City of Oconomowoc Communication Center. He went on to work with the Village of Eagle Police Department, Village of Mukwonago Police Department and the Village of North Prairie Fire Department. Most of all, Don wanted to be a full-time police officer, a dream he achieved in August 2011 when he was hired by the Town of Brookfield, an accomplishment he was so proud of. He had a fantastic sense of humor and would give up everything to go help somebody. Don was a devoted and loving son who enjoyed working on cars with his dad and cooking in the kitchen with his mom. Officer Bishop loved his job and will always be remembered as a dedicated police officer and public safety professional who served the Waukesha County community for more than 10 years.
He will be forever missed by his loving parents, Ronald and Barbara Bishop of Dousman; future bride and the love of his life, Tiffany Cole; his uncle, Gordon (Judy) Heilert; his aunts, Debbie Heilert and Edie Mueller; and his future brothers-in-law, Travis (Alicia) Buske, Patrick (Meghann) Schultz and Cory (Adeline) Schultz. He was the cherished Uncle Po-po to Kaydence Buske and Clayton Schultz. He is further survived by his best friends, James and Leslie Westover, along with other relatives, numerous friends and his many brothers and sisters within the police and fire departments he served.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gertrude and Edward Bishop and Donald and Catherine Mueller, and an uncle, Paul Mueller.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, April 17, at St. Paul Parish, S38-W31602 Highway D, Genesee Depot, WI 53127 (corner of highways D and 83). Visitation continues at the church Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral Mass. The Rev. Mark Molling will preside. Following the funeral Mass, a law enforcement procession will travel from the church to St. Joseph Cemetery, S22-W22890 Broadway, Waukesha, for burial.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Donald E. Bishop Memorial Public Safety Scholarship at any Waukesha State Bank location or mail to P.O. Box 648 Waukesha, WI 53187.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.