The Osceola Water Works Board would like to announce and welcome the latest addition to the team, Larry K. Bishop. Larry’s appointment starts on the 5th of November and replaces the outgoing Ryan Rychnovsky.

Larry K. Bishop’s Bio and Position Statement:larry bishop osceola water works board member

Background: I was born and raised in Norwalk, IA, graduated from Norwalk Community Schools in 1967 and then continued my education at United Electronics Institute located in West Des Moines, IA., graduating in 1969. During this time, I married my wife Ruth in the spring of 1968.

After graduating, I went to work at Texas Instruments located in Houston, TX designing and testing electronic systems for airborne radar units for the United States Army. During this time, we had two sons, Timothy in 1969 and Marcus in 1971. At the conclusion of the View Nam War, I left Texas Instruments and joined Honeywell in their MICRO SWITCH division located in Freeport, IL.

I had various jobs while at Honeywell, from an Electronic Technician in the Solid State Keyboard group, and Quality Engineer in the Automotive and Commercial Pressure Sensor group, moving into the Product Management (Marketing), then as an Application Engineer and then moving into the Special Product Management group. I was in Honeywell 37 years and at this time they moved all of the engineering jobs to Bangalore, India and my employment was over with at Honeywell. During this time, our family grew with two daughter-in-law’s and five grandsons.

Five months later, I was hired by a small Pressure Sensor, Incremental Encoder and Position Sensor firm as their Regional Sales Manager covering all of the Midwest States. I held this position for 7 years until my retirement in January 2015.

I have since been employed by Jackson Roofing and Construction located in Osceola, IA as their Project Engineer.

I have an avocation of officiating High School sports working Football (42 years) and Basketball (41 years) with additional sports in High School and College for Softball, Baseball and Soccer.

My Vision of Serving on the Osceola Water Board:

Since my wife and I have lived in the Osceola area for the past 6 years, I have seen firsthand the infrastructure weakness of the water resource area and the city wide water system. Water is very important for everyday use and survival. My feeling is with my prior engineering background, I can contribute to improving the infrastructure, the many uses of the system we have today and what can be done to provide clean water in a very reliable way. Security of the water shed is something we should be considering as well in today’s climate of unrest

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