Robert Elrick Bishir

Robert Elrick Bishir

Male 1921 - 1965  (43 years)

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  • Name Robert Elrick Bishir  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 1921  [4
    Born 31 Dec 1921  Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Butch 
    Alternate Name Robert /Bishir/  [5, 6
    Birth 31 Dec 1921  [2
    Death Jan 1965 
    Died 9 Jan 1965  Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Buried Momence Cemetery, Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I3879  Bishir Family | Jeremiah & Esther/Malinda Bishir
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2009 

    Father Charles C Bishir,   b. 14 Feb 1889, Monticello, White, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1934, Proviso Twp, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Caroline Catherine Campbell,   b. 3 Jun 1903, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1989, Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 19 May 1920  Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alternate Marriage Date 19 May 1920  [8
    Family ID F1547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Floretta Ruth Stanfield,   b. 12 Jan 1926, Charleston, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 2017, St. Peters Manor Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1945  St Patrick's Catholic Church, Momence, Kankakee, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Last Modified 28 May 2018 
    Family ID F1545  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Bishir, Caroline Campbell with her children, Robert, Earl and Henry Bishir
    Bishir, Caroline Campbell with her children, Robert, Earl and Henry Bishir
    Contributed by Rob Bishir
    BISHIR, Robert & Ruth
    BISHIR, Robert & Ruth
    Robert E Bishir in his WWII Calvary uniform with his girlfriend, and future wife, Ruth. Contributed by Rob Bishir.
    BISHIR, Robert E. receiving the Bronze Star in WW II
    BISHIR, Robert E. receiving the Bronze Star in WW II
    Brigadier General James Lewis, Deputy Commanding General of the 30th Infantry Division, is seen presenting the Bronze Star to Sergeant Robert E Bishir, of Momence. The photograph was taken at Treuen, Germany on June 22nd 1945, after the fighting in Europe had ended. - "Museum Journal" Volume VII, Issue I, page 4. Contributed by Rob Bishir.
    BISHIR, Robert Elrick
    BISHIR, Robert Elrick
    Contributed by Rob Bishir
    BISHIR, Robert E at Brownie's.
    BISHIR, Robert E at Brownie's.
    Contributed by Rob Bishir.

    "Butch" Bishir working at the infamous "Brownies" just east of Momence. He was working for a friend so that he could get a night off. He was not allowed to talk to the girls when working there.
    BISHIR, Robert E. with his used car dealership
    BISHIR, Robert E. with his used car dealership
    Contributed by Rob Bishir

    Headstones
    Bishir, Robert E., son of Charles C. & Caroline Bishir
    Bishir, Robert E., son of Charles C. & Caroline Bishir
    Photo Contributed by Rob Bishir

  • Notes 
    • Robert served in the army during World War II. He was out in an armored scout vehicle, when it was hit by a German bazooka. He was the only one that survived. He was able to crawl to the safety of a nearby farm house where he made it down into the basement. He dug a hole in the dirt floor with his bayonette and buried all of his papers that he had with him because he was sure that he was going to be captured. He hid as best as he could underneath the staircase and the door opened. In the best German he could remember he said "I surrender" because he had no weapons with him. Evidently he was so scared that his voice was too soft. The German soldier did not hear him and he shut the door and left. A day or two later after the American's had taken that area he heard American tanks so he went up the stairs and out the door. When he opened the door a US soldier fired at him and luckily missed.

      “Butch” Bishir was a life-long resident of Momence, Illinois. He operated a used car dealership there and was well respected in the community.

  • Sources 
    1. [S853] The Gillam Family of Indiana, Edward C Crider, (Edited 1936, Revised 1954), 33.

    2. [S260] Death Certificate Robert E Bishir.

    3. [S1087] Correspondence with Rob Bishir, Momence, IL, Rob A. Bishir.

    4. [S619] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002), Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Cen, sus. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.T626, 2,667 rolls. Marion, Grant, Indiana, ED 16, roll 589, page , image 492.0.

    5. [S658] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007), Online publication - Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Social Security Administration. Social Security D, eath Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.

    6. [S619] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002).

    7. [S615] Gravestone.

    8. [S882] Correspondence with Robert Bishir.

    9. [S36] Momence Progress Reporter.