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September 3, 1933 – Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Service Information
Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, MN
Monday, April 30, 2012
1:30 P.M.

Visitation Information
Sunday, April 29, 2012
5-8 P.M.

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

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ron & Lorraine  Hartneck

    To the family of Jim;
    Good neighbor, you have our deepest sympathy.

  2. Tom Salkowski

    My condolences to the family. Jim was a wonderful man, who served his country and his locale with distinction.

  3. Ivan and Kim Taylor

    Ardys and family: We are so sorry for your loss and our sibling. Last visit will always be remembered talking about old times and good laughs. We will never forget that day. You all are in our prayers.

  4. Janice Fenske (Krueger)

    Dear Ardys & family: I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Treasure your memories and praise God. You will see him again. Take care & God bless you all. Your cousin, Janice



  6. Ronald Beadell

    My condolences to Jim’s family.

  7. Richard D. LeBrun

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May he rest in peace and his memory live on forever.
    Dick & Anita LeBrun…Malmo, Mn

  8. Mary Ann Krueger

    Dear Ardys and family: I am saddened to hear of Jim’s death. My daughter, Janice, informed me of it and since I do not have your address am going to have her help me extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family in this way. My memories of all you in the Henke family are filled with warmth and affection. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless you! Sincerely with prayers, Your Aunt, Mary Ann Krueger

  9. Gene Taylor's kids (Monte, Neil, Russ, Milo, Delai

    Aunt Ardys, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will never forget Uncle Jim. We love you all very much. You are in our prayers always.

  10. Nila Bursheim (Raisanen)

    Jim always carried a great smile that will be missed, and always had time for a hello. My sympathy goes out to Jim’s family. May you find peace in Christ.

  11. Curt Taylor

    To the best father;
    Dad, today I write this as a tribute to you.
    Friday May 25, 2012 was the 1 month anniversary to having let you go to heaven.
    You are gone physically but you will always be in my heart. I grieve that you left us way too soon. You are free and I will always hold you in my heart each day. I never imagined the huge void my heart would feel, but you were the most perfect father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, you name it. I really hope that your trip to heaven was non-stop.
    As I journey forward without you, just know that God saw you were getting weary but you always trusted God would guide you. You fought the fight hard and won. I can’t cry hard enough but feel that you are safe and will be in God’s hands/arms.
    I love you so much and am really looking forward to being welcomed home to heaven by you Dad. Take care always and just know your life blessed me.

  12. Curt Taylor

    To my special Father; Today your 3rd oldest Grandson Jacob was confirmed.
    Dad; April 25, 2015 was the 3rd year anniversary of having you go to heaven. I miss you so much but I am filled with a lifetime of such memories that will stay with me forever. You are thought about often. I look up to the skies every day and say Thanks to our strong and powerful Leader. He has you safe in heaven. God blessed me for 54 yrs. Each day that passes I know who you are. You continue to be thought about by your loving family. I love you more than ever. Till we meet in heaven. I pray that I can be successful and share what you taught me. Hugs to you my dear Dad. LOVE and miss YOU. Curt


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