Donald E. Taylor, 84, of Minerva, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in McCrea Manor in Alliance.
He was born May 25, 1928, in Esmond, Ill., to Ernest and Vida (Lipp) Taylor. He retired from GTE as an engineer where he had worked in Minerva and Marion for 35 years. A member of the Marion Fairpark Baptist Church, he is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, where he served on the air craft carrier USS Oriskany. He is a member of the Minerva VFW Post 4120, American Legion Post 357 in Minerva, the American Legion Post 162 in Marion and the Marion Moose Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his first wife of 37 years, Amy Jo (Locke) Taylor, who died in 1991; wife of 18 years, Dorothy (Pearson) Taylor, who died in 2010; and a brother, Pete Taylor.
He is survived by two daughters, Karey (Glenn) Hellyer of Frisco, Texas and Jennifer (Brad) Davies of Robertsville; two step-daughters, Diane and Pamela Pearson, both of Marion; a sister, Marian Fogle of Illinois.; five grandchildren, Jona, Aaron, Lance, Heather, and Angela; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held, Dec. 17 in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Pastor Kenneth Durtsche officiating. Burial with full military honors was in East Lawn Cemetery in Minerva. Those who were unable to attend may sign the online register book at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com. Memorial donations may be made to any military charity of your choice.