Larry T. (Tom) Bishop

The Association of Graduates has recently learned of the death of Mr. Larry T. "Tom" Bishop, CS-26 class of 1975.  Mr. Bishop passed away on 5 Nov 2017 in Missouri of renal failure.  

Visitiation will be on 13 Nov 2017 from 1800 to 1900 hours at St. Anne's Church; 10109 E. Lexington Ave; Independence, MO 64053. A memorial mass will begin at 1900 hours.  Burial will be on 14 Nov 2017 at 1200 hours at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery; 20109 Business Hwy 13; Higginsville, MO 64037.  

His family has requested no flowers be sent but suggested that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice.  His obituary may be viewed and condolences may be left online HERE.  Condolences may be sent to his family in care of his parents, Richard and Barbara Baker, 537 S Tennessee Avenue, Independence, Missouri 64053. 



Larry T. “Tom” Bishop died Nov. 5, 2017, from end stage renal disease following 10 years of kidney dialysis. Tom was born in Kansas City, Mo., on April 12, 1953. In 1963, Richard and Barbara Baker added Tom to their family as a foster son, joining him with their seven biological children. Tom was very athletic and competitive and despite his small stature excelled in every sport in which he participated. He graduated from De La Salle High School in Kansas City, Mo., in 1971. 

Tom’s dream was to attend the Air Force Academy and become a pilot. He achieved that dream. Tom turned down nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to accept his preference, the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduating in 1975. He was married in the Academy Chapel in 1976 and has one son and two grandsons. Tom took flight training at Vance Air Base, Enid, Okla. He was next stationed at Shaw Air Base, Sumter, S.C., as an RF-4 pilot. In 1981-82, he served at Taegu Air Base, North Korea, with the 497 TFS. 

By this time his marriage had ended and Tom chose to enter civilian life when his commitment was up. Tom worked in California in the defense industry for a number of years before returning to the Kansas City area where he worked for several employers, settling at Sprint. Failing health forced Tom’s early retirement. 

Tom was extremely proud of his time at the Academy and his service in the U.S. Air Force. After his death, a memorial service was held at St. Ann’s Church in Independence, Mo. Capt. Larry T. Bishop was laid to rest in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo., on Nov. 14, 2017. (Tom’s loving family) 

Checkpoints  |  March 2018



Larry T. (Tom) Bishop, 64, died November 5, 2017 of renal failure. Tom was a 1971 graduate of De La Salle High School and a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Captain Bishop was a pilot and flew the RF 4 Phantom jet. 

After leaving the military Tom worked on the west coast, returning later to the KC area. He worked for several employers including Sprint. 

Tom is survived by his son Thomas (Brandy) and grandsons Connor and Landon, parents Richard and Barbara Baker, brothers Rick (Terri), Dan (Fonda), Phil (Cassie) and sisters Faith (Wayne) Berrier, Nancy (Steve) Heideman, Marian (Dave) Oswald, and Julie (Robert) Stoeck. Tom is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at St. Ann Church, Independence, MO, followed by memorial Mass. Burial is 12 p.m. Tuesday at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, MO. The family requests no flowers but suggests contributions to your favorite charity.

Kansas City Star  |  November 12, 2017



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It's hard to believe he has passed on at such a young age. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his children, parents, and extended family. His legacy lives on in his family and the honor and dedication he showed by graduating will have left its mark on those he touched. We wish you the best Tom.

– David Hickman

Tom and I were in the same squadron for 2 years and I considered him a friend. While we lost touch after we graduated, I often thought of Tom. So sad to hear of his passing and I offer my sincere condolences to his family and his friends.

– Russ Trinter



Missouri Veteran's Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri