Rich Bishoff has been a WV licensed funeral director and embalmer since April 1987. He graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he was the president of his graduating class, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was awarded the Mu Sigma Alpha award for academics, citizenship, and character. He is former president and district governor of District One WVFDA.
Rich lives with his wife, Janie, and their black lab, Ilsa, in the South Hills area of Charleston, where they have been for over 25 years. They have two daughters, Amy, who is married to Will Evans (both are graduates of GWHS and Marshall University), and Jacy, who is a graduate of GWHS and WVU. They both live and work locally.
Rich and Janie are members of River Ridge Church, where they are both on the serving team. Rich was previously on the board of directors of the Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home. He was also a three-term (9 years) member of the board of directors of HospiceCare and was head of the personal/finance committee from 2009 to 2012. He was made a board member emeritus, making him a lifelong member and he is still active with HospiceCare in fundraising and as a trainer for volunteers and the nursing staff. In 2018 Rich was appointed by the Governor to serve on the WV State Board of Funeral Service Examiners.
Rich is also a two-term former president of the Kanawha City Lions Club. Through his commitment with Lions Club, Rich collects glasses, reads to and mentors middle school students, and previously coached the Horace Mann Middle School girls softball team.
Rich enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, grilling and using his smoker on his deck, and hiking with his black lab, Ilsa.