Rohn Bishop

Date of Death: Nov 10, 2021
Rohn Bishop

1958 - 2021

Rohn Thomas Bishop, 63, of Waupun passed away November 10, 2021 after a long battle with Covid.

Rohn was born July 13, 1958 in Elgin, IL, the son of Lila and F. Warren Bishop. Rohn grew up with his much loved sister, Sue. He graduated from Lake Park High School, IL in 1976. Rohn married Mimi Dowling in Sept. 1978. They were married for 18 years and blessed with two sons, Rohn and Tom. In 1998 Rohn married Krista Lynn Dates. They met line dancing in Beaver Dam. Rohn loved to dance. He owned and operated Bishops Car Wash & Detail Center in Waupun from 1978-2021. He took great pride in serving on the Waupun City Council from 1988–1993. During his time on the council he started the Business Improvement District (BID) and East End Development. He also started development on the business park. Rohn also served as treasurer for both the Waupun Historical Society and the Waupun Downtown Promotions. While involved with the Historical Society Rohn worked on getting the historical plaques for the historic downtown buildings. He started the annual Cemetery Walk in 2015. Rohn and Krista loved motorcycling, taking day long road trips, and exploring the rustic roads of Wisconsin. Rohn loved the Smoky Mountains where he and Krista got married. He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren, singing Christmas carols in church and making Bennett laugh while singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”. He adored his time with the grandkids. Rohn loved his Saturday lunches with his son Rohn and spending time with Tom detailing cars in Kewaskum. Rohn was an incredible cook and enjoyed cooking for friends and family. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Freemasons, the Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce, and the International Car Wash Association. If Rohn were still here he’d want you to know “a clean car lasts longer.”

Rohn is survived by his wife, Krista (Dates) Bishop; his sons: Rohn (Jennifer) W. Bishop and Thomas (Kristy) F. Bishop, his step-son, Zachariah C. (Kandy) Lewandowski of Texas; five grandchildren: Reagan, Bennett, Bristol, Margaret, and Colette; former wife, Mimi Dowling; and his sister, Susan (Stan) Bishop Szara and their three children. He also leaves behind his beloved schnauzer, Gatling.

Rohn was preceded in death by his parents, F. Warren and Lila Bishop; and a step-son, Joshua Lewandowski.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Tuesday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Rohn Bishop will be held Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. and Edgewood Community Church in Waupun with Pastor Adam Baker officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Rohn’s name for the Waupun Food Bank.

Memorial Video

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  1. Cherri Jenkins Says: November 12, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I wanted to express my sympathy for your loss. Rohn always washed my car for me and I got to know him a little when I would stop in. He was a very kind man and very funny. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Krista,
    We are so saddened at learning of Rohn’s passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family! Our hearts go out to you!
    Gerri B

  3. Renee (Dolgner) McCarley Says: November 13, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    My deepest sympathies Tom and Rohn in the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Skye and Kosha Says: November 13, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    So very sorry this happened. From our community at DBR we send prayers for the entire family.

  5. Holly Larson Says: November 13, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Rohn was always very good to us as our landlord, I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. James Laird Says: November 14, 2021 at 6:42 am

    Rohn’s death leaves a big hole in Waupun. He was so thoughtful and kind to so many people. I had many great discussions with him. If there is anything that I can do, just let me know. My mind will use a lot of time remembering him.

    Jim Laird

  7. Bob & Jamie Mikkelsen Says: November 14, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    We are so very to hear of Rohan’s passing. Prayers to you all.

  8. Dick Steinbach Says: November 17, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    My sympathy is with you and your family on the passing of your dad. May God be with you with his comforting presence. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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