Jack Taylor Jr.
Funeral services for Jack Mervin Taylor Jr., 90, Marion, who passed away Thursday, June 1, 2023, at St. Luke Living Center in Marion, were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church.
Jack’s family gathered with friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 5, 2023, at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion. Jack was laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.
Jack’s life began on May 4, 1933, in Yale, Iowa. His parents were Jack M. Taylor Sr. and Mildred M. (Hodson) Taylor.
Jack attended Hobart Grade School in Oklahoma; Worth Junior High School in Worth, Missouri; and Grant City High School in Grant City, Missouri.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Jack was united in marriage to Glenda L. Koch on April 24, 1954, at a Navy base in Corpus Christi, Texas.
He worked as a bridge and road foreman in Marion County as well as maintenance foreman at Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range near Salina and for the US Army Corps of Engineers at Wilson Lake.
He also drove a school bus in Sylvan Grove from 1994 until 2002.
Jack was baptized into the Christian faith at Worth Baptist Church in Worth, Missouri, and journeyed in his faith at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion and First Presbyterian Church in Sylvan Grove.
He served in various elder and trustee positions in various congregations.
Jack was Mr. Fixit and loved to tinker with engines and appliances and somehow always managed to have the right part somewhere in his inventory.
He is survived by his loving family, including his wife of 69 years, Glenda Taylor of Marion, and sons Bruce Taylor (and wife Patty) of Lenexa and Bryan Taylor (and wife Tammy) of Galva.
Also surviving are his grandchildren and their spouses: Leslie and Trapper Buettgenbach of McPherson; Erin and Krista Williams-Vohs of Denver; Jordan and Adam Greenhaw of Aurora, Colorado; Dani and Matthew Calamari of New York City; Kaitlyn and Brandon Johnson of Goessel; Clancy and Dana Taylor of Canton; Crecia and Travis Martin of Galva, Rebecca Taylor of Galva; and Chase and Kalonie Taylor of Washington, District of Columbia
Great-grandchildren include Connor, Brayden, Ashlon, Tailynn, and Tate. He also is survived by his sister, Esther McClellan, of Grant City, Missouri.
His parents, infant daughters Sheryl and Gwendolyn, and sisters Norma Jean Pittsenbarger and Freda Marie McComas preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Hillcrest Cemetery, Florence.
Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Jack at www.yazelmeglifh.com.