September 3, 1933 – Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, MN
Monday, April 30, 2012
AT THE CHURCH
Sunday, April 29, 2012
James O. “Jim” Taylor, age 78, of rural Delano passed away April 25, 2012 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.
Jim was born on September 3, 1933 in Brown County, MN the son of Earl and Christina (Larsen) Taylor. He was raised on the family farm in rural Echo, MN. He attended school in Echo and graduated in 1951. Jim later attended Business College in Minneapolis for Accounting.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. On September 17, 1955, James O. Taylor & Ardys E. Henke, the love of his life, were united in marriage at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake, MN. After their marriage, Jim and Ardys lived in the Minneapolis area where Jim held various positions in the accounting field, working for American Hardware Mutual and Egan-McKay Companies. Their marriage was blessed with four sons.
In March of 1973, Jim and Ardys moved the family from New Hope to a rural Delano Dairy Farm. Jim enjoyed traveling, working long days, helping people,especially his grandchildren and buffets.
Jim served as the clerk/treasurer of Rockford Township for twenty two years. He also served on the Wright County Planning and Zoning as well as the Board of Adjustment for twelve years.
Through the years, Jim was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford having served as Chairman of the congregation, an elder, a trustee and as a past treasurer. He was a long time Creamery Board member of A.M.P.I.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of fifty six years: Ardys; sons Steve (Caroline) Taylor & Brad Taylor both of Delano, Curt Taylor of Minnetonka and Greg (Rhonda) Taylor; grandchildren Tricia Jorges, James, Joshua, Jacob and Joseph, brothers Alvin (Mary) of Tyler, Robert (Luann) of Vesta, and Ivan (Kim) of Fairfax, sisters Darlene (Don) Olson of Deerwood, Diane (Wally) Hess of Redwood Falls, sister-in-law Elvera Cole of Hanley Falls, Marge Henke of Wisconsin and Bernadeen Taylor of Boise, ID., special aunt Marie Taylor of Sterling, IL, and many other family members and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Christina, brothers Kenneth (Janet), Richard, and Eugene, sisters Marion (Richard) Pederson and Irma Taylor and grandson Michael Taylor.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the physicians, nurses and staff in the 2 North ICU and 4 East at Methodist Hospital, Delano Fire and Rescue, Pastor Barlow of Cross Lutheran Church, and Chaplain Bill and Chaplain Lou both of Methodist Hospital.
A visitation for James “Jim” Taylor will be held Sunday, April 29th at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford from 5-8 PM. A prayer service will be held at 8:00 PM. Further visitation will be held on Monday, April 29th from 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the church.
Funeral services for James O. Taylor will be held on Monday, April 30th at 1:30 PM at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. Pastor Michael Barlow will officiate.
Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Honorary Casket Bearers will be Jacob Taylor and Joseph Taylor.
Casket Bearers will be Dave Pederson, Lauris Cole, James Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Scott Taylor and Michael Olson.
Arrangements for James “Jim” Taylor are by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com