Charlton "Charlie" William Bishop

  • Born: June 26, 2001
  • Died: September 29, 2019
  • Location: Polk City, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charlton "Charlie" Bishop, 18, passed away September 29, 2019. A visitation will be held from 4pm – 7pm Thursday October 3, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope (520 NW 36th St Ankeny, Iowa 50023). Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30am Friday, October 4, 2019, at Lutheran Church of Hope. All are invited to a luncheon following the service.
Our dearest Charlie, at 18 we should be talking about your future, not writing about your past. Though we are paralyzed in grief, you taught us to never quit fighting, so here is a bit of your story. On September 29th, 2019 you left this world in the arms of the Bishop5 after a 3-year battle with brain cancer. You didn't set out to change the world, but oh what an impact you have made!
Our third child, you were born on June 26, 2001 and you quickly brought a new level of energy, fun, and excitement into our home. From a young age you were the family's entertainment with your goofy expressions, witty quips, and charming turn-of-phrase that we continue to use today. You were a joy to be around because you always made life fun.
Summer was your season! You were always the first into the boat, first into the lake, first into the pool, and first on the dock with your fishing pole. You loved the water, especially weekends at your grandparents' home on the Mississippi River. You were their "best customer".
You loved playing soccer, skateboarding with your brother, and spending time hanging with your friends. You always moved with a purpose. When you left the house you vanished, and when you returned you were out of breath. With no fear, you were often the daredevil, doing back flips off boats, buildings, or out of a plane.
You were full of energy and lived life to the fullest, but you were also sensitive, caring, loving, and wise beyond your years. You spent many days at home, playing your piano for hours or spending time on your computer, gaming with your friends.
Charlie – you were so strong. When you were diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer at the age of 15 it tried to steal the best years of your life. But it could not bring your spirit down. You remained hope-filled and active, long after your body allowed. You pressed on through multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemo therapy treatments while keeping up with school, graduating with your class in May of 2019.
With cancer, you never did a lot of things - you never complained, you never got mad, you never worried, and you never gave up hope. You knew you had eternal life in Heaven. We miss your big smile, your big brown eyes, and your curly brown hair.
Charlie is survived by his parents, Chad and Wenda (McKenna) Bishop; sister, Lexia and Jeremy Junker and nephew Calvin Charles; brother, Christian and Cassandra (Cory) Bishop; grandparents, Robert and Pam McKenna, Bill and Sandi Bishop, Janice and Wendell Bosley, Ron and Kathy Johnson; Great-grandmother, Geneva Stoneburner; aunts and uncles, Dina McKenna, Kendra and Tim Gustafson, Bobby McKenna, Ned McKenna and Renee Negrete, Laurie and Ed Finn, Jennifer and Wayne Bruggeman, Becky and Bill Brown, Justin and Heather Johnson, Jarrod and Synthia Johnson; and numerous cousins and extended family.
He is preceded in death by his aunt, Bretta Gayle McKenna.
Burial service will follow luncheon at Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family in Charlie's name for a memorial to be decided at a later date.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Wends, I am so sorry over the loss of Charlie. My eyes filled with tears as I read his obituary. Bob & Pam has told me about his cancer & I had prayed that he would beat it. My heart aches for you & your family. He was such a handsome boy & I can see the McKenna in him. Prayers & love to all of you.

Posted by Sheila McKenna Kinzer - Racine, WI   December 17, 2019

I also want to send my condolences to the Bishop family. I know that you will tremendously miss Charlie, but realize that Charlie is in Heaven right now and the last thing he wants is for you to be in any sort of pain.

Your friend in Christ,


Posted by Farley McIllece - Clive, IA - Acquaintance   November 25, 2019


You really do have quite a story to tell all to all of your friends in heaven. But rest assured that God knows exactly what to do with each and every one of His children. I had brain cancer when I was 12 years old but I survived and am now 60 years old. I was moved after I read your obituary. Your the best and I know exactly what you went through.

Your brother,

P.S.: See you in heaven in a few more years.

Posted by Farley McIllece - Clive, IA - Acquaintance   November 25, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Tom and Jean McDonald - Oak Creek, WI   October 05, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Wenda, Chad, and the entire Bishop family as they deal with their loss. May God bring them comfort and leave them with only treasured memories.

Posted by John & JaiLi Cunningham - Lake Panorama, IA - Family Friend   October 04, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. Wenda was my son, Dustin's case manager years ago in Story County. My heart aches for you right now. My Jesus wrap his loving arms around you as you grieve your beloved son. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Denise Macdonald - McCallsburg, IA - Friend   October 04, 2019

I'm so sorry. I don't know what to say. I can't believe it, even after everything. I didn't know Charlie well, but I enjoyed watching him play soccer and I know he was a good young man. It saddens me deeply to know he's gone.

My thoughts are with you all.

Posted by Patrick McCoy - POLK CITY, IA - Acquaintance   October 04, 2019

So very heartbroken to hear of Charlie's passing. Beautifully written tribute. Praying for your whole family.
Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory!

Posted by Melissa & Brad Johnson - Minnesota   October 03, 2019

I am so sorry! He sounds like a joy and will be missed. I can't imagine how hard this must be for your family. I am praying for you. Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Abbey Bos    October 02, 2019

We are so so sorry. I pray God wraps his arms around you tightly.

Posted by Jody Haynes - Ankeny, IA - Friend   October 02, 2019

What a beautiful tribute to your loved one! My wife of 34 years went to heaven over two years ago on July 12, 2017 after a two month battle with colon cancer. Praise God Charlie is now with Jesus, forever...

Posted by Scott Ralston - Urbandale, IA - Friend   October 02, 2019

Tony and I are so sorry for your loss. It is our prayer that God will sustain you and give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. A song lyric...Love the people that God gives you, because one day He'll want them back.

Posted by JoAnn Nunnikhoven - Waukee, IA - Coworker   October 02, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. We are sending love, and prayers of comfort to you, your family and all who have had the honor of knowing Charlie. He was an incredible young man and now an angel who will watch over all he loved. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

God bless and comfort you,

Jason, Suzanne, Noah Wille

Posted by Jason & Suzanne Wille - Polk City, IA - Friend   October 02, 2019

We had not heard about this. So very sorry. May God hold you up and give you the strength to go on.

Posted by Bill and Roxana Currie - Polk City   October 02, 2019

Charlie, you left this earth too soon and we are the poorer for it. You were strong because your family is strong, and loving. You will be missed. Our condolences to your Iowa family.

Posted by David & Sean McDonald - North Fort Myers, FL   October 02, 2019

During this time of sorrow, know that you are all in our prayers. Charlie leaves us with good memories and a lot of smiles.

Posted by The Hintzsches - Elkhart, IA   October 01, 2019

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot be said that will ever ease such sorrow. You are in my family's thoughts and prayers...

Posted by Janell Hansen - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   October 01, 2019