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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 07, 2013

OBITUARY ~ Richard Allen "Dick" Taylor
May 30, 1937 - November 2, 2013

Richard "Dick" Taylor, 76, of Diagonal passed away November 2, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Diagonal High School Gymnasium. Burial will be at the Diagonal Cemetery in Diagonal. Open visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal. Memorials can be made to the United Church of Diagonal or Diagonal Community School Foundation. Online condolences can be made under the obituary category at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Richard "Dick" Allen Taylor was born May 30, 1937 to Floyd Allen Taylor and Leona Marie (Hutchison) Taylor in Diagonal. Dick graduated from Diagonal High School in 1955. He later attended Creston Community College and Iowa State University. On January 24, 1959 Dick was united in marriage to Janis Lea Linkey at the Methodist Church in Diagonal. Dick grew up on the family farm where he and Janis raised their four boys. He spent many hours tending to his crops and livestock. It did not matter if he had planting or combining, he never missed a basketball or baseball game the boys were involved in. He enjoyed following his nine grandchildren's school and sporting events and meeting the guys for morning coffee. Dick was a member of the United Church of Diagonal and Creston Elks Lodge #605. He served on the Diagonal School Board and REC Board.

Dick is survived by his wife, Janis Taylor of Diagonal; four sons, Mike (wife Jean Ann) Taylor of Creston, Bill (wife Joni) Taylor of Creston, Scott (wife Niky) Taylor of Waukee and Todd (wife Jennifer) Taylor of Parkville, Missouri; two sisters, Mary McCalley of Cedar Falls and Judy (husband Claire) Newton of Diagonal; mother in-law, Anna Linkey of Mount Ayr; one brother in-law, Jim (wife Dixie) Linkey of Kansas City, Missouri; aunts, Lois (husband Stan) Schleuter of Noblesville, Indiana, Lorabel Taylor of Clearfield; nine grandchildren, Ryan (wife Janelle) Taylor, Blair (wife Martina) Taylor, Colby Taylor, Jenna Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Katie Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Brittlyn Taylor and Duke Taylor; three great grandchildren, Kayson Taylor, Cora Taylor and Tate Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Leona Taylor; father in-law, Leo Linkey; brother in-law, Dave McCalley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Diagonal High School Gymnasium, Diagonal, with Pastor Ed SHIELDS and Pastor Eydie STEPHENS officiating. Musicians included Ginny EIGHMY and Kathy RINEHART.

Casket bearers were Ryan TAYLOR, Blair TAYLOR, Matthew TAYLOR, Katie TAYLOR, Kyle TAYLOR, Birrlyn TAYLOR and Duke TAYLOR. Honorary pallbearers included Charlie FLETCHER, Kenny SOBOTKA, Jim GOINS, Delbert ROUTH, Billy BENTLEY and J.P. WHITTINGON.

Dick was laid to rest in the Diagonal Cemetery in Diagonal.

Memorials are to the United Church of Diagonal and Diagonal Community School Foundation.

Online condolences can be made under the obituary category at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2013

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