Created on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
James Edward Taylor, 78, of Ashland, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in the Hospice House, following an extended illness.
He was born in Ashland on June 17, 1934, to the late Bernard Roy and Hazel Ledman Taylor. He also was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Mary Ann Taylor; one infant brother, Phillip Taylor; and two sisters, Patricia Kahl and Nancy Riley.
A 1952 graduate of Ashland High School, Jim married the love of his life, the former Mary Sue Urban, on June 27, 1954, and she survives, along with three daughters, Linda (Greg) Knight of Bellefontaine and Lisa (Peter) Snyder D.V.M. and Karen (Brian) Dravenstott, both of Ashland; one son, Michael (Maureen) Taylor of Ashland; four grandchildren, Katie (Brian) Spata, Jay (Lisa) Knight and Megan and Chase Dravenstott; two great-granddaughters, Peyton and Taylor Spata; one sister, Carol (Robert) Ryland of Brookville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A switch gear engineer, he retired after 40 years as a second generation employee from Ideal Electric in Mansfield.
He was a devoted member of the First Church of the Brethren, where he was a deacon and also played on the softball league. He was a 36-year member of the Elks Lodge 1360 of Ashland.
To say that Jim was an avid outdoorsman would be an understatement. He enjoyed hunting in Canada and the Dakotas, fishing, golfing, and riding horses with his daughters and friends. Jim also enjoyed bowling and helping friends make maple syrup.
One of his greatest passions was farming with his father and neighbors. He also on more than one occasion purchased an old tractor and worked hard to restore it, making it like new. Animals played a significant role in his life, a love that was passed on to his children.
Jim accomplished many things in his life and enjoyed numerous things, but his greatest accomplishment of all was his wonderful family and friends he made throughout his lifetime.
The Rev. Don Earlenbaugh officiates a funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Brethren, Ashland, where visitation is two hours prior. Interment is in the Ashland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Brethren, 122 E. 3rd St., Ashland 44805; Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland 44805; and Cleveland A.P.L., 1729 Willey Ave., Cleveland 44113.
Arrangements were handled by Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, Ashland, where condolences may be expressed at www.dpkfh.com.