Kenneth N. Taylor, 89, of Macon, MO, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012.
Ken was born on May 24, 1923, the son of Gertrude (Clymore) and Everette. He married Mary Frances "Frank" Bishop, his high school sweetheart, on November 4, 1944. They were married 67 years.
Ken attended Central Methodist College and then enlisted in the Navy. He served active duty and reserves for 23 years. He was a Naval Aviation instructor during his active duty years and during the reserves participated in maneuvers on cruiser ships. In 1952, Ken and Frank returned to Macon where he took over the management of his father's retail store: Taylor's News and Book Store.
Ken devoted his time to the Macon Community for 50+ years as a leader in the Elks Club, The Macon Country Club, The Merchants Association, the Long Branch Association, the YMCA, and for 44 years as "The Voice of the Tigers", announcing home football games and as MC for sports banquets and bonfires.
Ken is survived by two daughters, Nicki and her husband, Leland Brown of Birmingham AL, Aileen "Pete" and her husband, Jerry Brelsford of Overland Park, KS, five grandchildren; Stephanie and her husband, Rick Davis, Leigh and her husband, Grant Vanderholdt, Eric Knowles and his wife, Michelle, Josh Waters and his wife, Sarah and Erin and her husband, Derek Schmidt , and 8 great- grandchildren – Brian, Chase, Will, Taylor, Erica, Ty, Jake, and Samuel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Wyvette, and his wife Frank on January 31, 2012.
Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon with Bro. Jim Bolin officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, at the funeral home. Inurnment, with full military honors, will be at the Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Macon Area YMCA or Macon R-1 High School Athletic Department.
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