Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, September 15, 2011
OBITUARY ~ KENNETH LEON TAYLOR
Kenneth Leon TAYLOR, age 83, of Grand River, Iowa, the son of Clyde Smith TAYLOR and Ruth Edith (CRANDELL) TAYLOR, was born
March 22, 1928 in Creston, Iowa. He died at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, his home for the past five months, on
Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
Ken was raised on a farm north of Grand River. He graduated from Grand River high school in
1945. Then he entered the United States Navy to serve his country.
After his honorable discharge, he met Melba Merle HIGDAY
in Kellerton, Iowa. They were married on November 20, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa. They were blessed with three children,
Dwight, Deborah and Pamela. They also raised four of their grandchildren.
They lived in Des Moines until 1951, when they
moved to California, first to Long Beach and then to Sonoma.
Ken was a machinist in his business, R & M Company. In 1989
he sold the business and retired. In 1990 he and Melba moved back to Grand River.
Ken enjoyed making model cars,
airplanes and ships. He loved his 1961 blue Dodge truck that he named Nellie. He was a member of the Grand River American
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Melba TAYLOR of Grand River, Iowa;
children, Dwight and Katie TAYLOR of Osceola, Iowa, Debbie and Ron HALEY of Napa, California and Pam STEWART of Santa Rosa,
California; eight grandchildren, Kimberly McKINNON, Mike HALEY, TK STEWART, Jeff TAYLOR, Pat TAYLOR, Ann TAYLOR, Nicky
RICHMAN and Danny RICHMAN; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Rosalee DRAPER of Des Moines, Iowa and Evelyn DIES of
Hastings, Nebraska; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the
Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa Tuesday, September 13, 2011, with Pastor Rick HAWKINS officiating. Burial was in
the Murray Cemetery in Murray, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2011
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