Dr. Rodney S. Bisbee, 74, died Monday, November 14, 2016 in Sheridan.A celebration of life reception will be held Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 4 pm at Highland Park Elementary School gymnasium (2 Mydland Rd., Sheridan, WY).
Dr. Bisbee was born May 27, 1942 in Sheridan. He was the second of three children born to Rollin and Eunice Bisbee. Rodney practiced Chiropractic in Sheridan for 38 years before retiring in December 2005.
Rodney married Myrla Rae Hexem on June 20, 1964. Myrla died on June 3, 2002. He married Susan Wilson on May 12, 2006.
Dr. Bisbee attended school at Meade Creek, Ranchester Junior High, Sheridan High, Sheridan College, University of Wyoming, and Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He graduated as valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude and received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Palmer College in 1968.
Dr. Bisbee and Myrla hosted many foreign exchange students over the years who became like daughters to the couple. Those who lived with them for a full year include Anna Lonegren – Sweden, Eli Mette Brattset Lefstad – Norway, Araceli Ramos Slay – Mexico, Susanna Ehrnrooth Gronblom – Finland, Andrea Weih – Germany, and Emilita Llagas Evangelista, deceased, – Philippines.
Dr. Bisbee was a member of the Wyoming Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractic Association, the American Chiropractic Association, the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society, and the Kiwanis Club of Sheridan. He served in all offices and as chairman of most committees he served on. He was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1976 and given the Heart of Gold Honor for Community Service by the Edward D. Jones Company in 1985. He served as a Distinguished Kiwanis Governor of the Rocky Mountain District in 1990-91. In 2000, Dr. Bisbee was recognized by Kiwanis International with the Tablet of Honor Award. In the same year, the Sheridan Kiwanis Club made him a George Hixon Fellow.
He enjoyed driving his 1932 Model B Ford pickup and riding his Harley with friends and family. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and classified as a master marksman. Dr. Bisbee has been a member of Grace Chapel in Story, Wyoming since 1949.
Dr. Bisbee is survived by his wife, Susan, of Sheridan, who he affectionately called Sussi; his brother Bruce (Carol); nephews David Bisbee (Lisa), Kevin Hexem (Barb), Mike Griffing (Melanie), Jason Griffing (Hope), and Tim Bisbee; nieces Fay Bisbee, Debbie Dixon, Jeri Bisbee, Nan Wallach (Rick), Amy Bisbee, and Kirsten Bacanni (Jerone). He is also survived by sisters-in-law Susi Griffing (Leroy), and Elsbeth Bisbee; stepsons Christopher Bolte and Robert Wilson and granddaughter Taylor Wilson.
Preceding Dr. Bisbee in death were his parents, his brother Dr. David Bisbee and his first wife.
Memorials may benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, “Myrla Rae Bisbee Research Fund” 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018, a charity of the donor’s choice, or may be sent to PO Box 1032, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.