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William “Bill” J. Taylor

William “Bill” J. Taylor William “Bill “John Taylor died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Good Samaritan-Valley Vista in Wamego, Kansas.

Bill was born April 13, 1921 to Fred and Rose (Klocke) Taylor in Manhattan, Kansas. He attended elementary schools in Manhattan and later graduated from Saint George High School in 1939.

Bill was raised in the depression and his passion for farming began in the 1930’s. He was drafted into the Army on December 1942. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he took part in the first wave at Omaha Beach, a boat carrying half-tracks and soldiers was hit, and he was the last man off before it sank and arrived on Omaha Beach the following day. He then participated in the battles of Saint Lo, Bastogne, Ardennes Forests and the Battle of the Bulge. Bill was awarded five Bronze Stars and also a Silver Star.

Upon returning home in 1945, he started working at Kansas State University Agronomy Farm. He met Lorna Margret Abitz of Wheaton, KS, at that time she was working in Wamego, KS. The two of them were united in marriage on June 6, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Duluth, KS.

While Employed at the agronomy farm, he learned more about farming. In addition to farming, Bill loved to raise and feed cattle. Along with his love for farming and hobby of cattle, Bill had other activities he loved to participate in such as boxing, square dancing and also his gift of being a great ping-pong player. If someone ever wanted to talk to Bill on Fridays, he could be found at the Manhattan Sale Barn where he made many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Marvin Taylor and a sister, Opal Guglielmelli.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lorna Taylor of 69 ½ years, one son Howard (Randy) Taylor, grandson, Eric Taylor of Wamego Kansas, granddaughter, Karen Johnson and husband Fred and five great grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday January 20, 2018 at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset in Manhattan.
The Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael J. Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the Valley View Memorial Park Cemetery in Manhattan.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lutheran Hour or the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at KSU. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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