James Edward Taylor, 93, of the Adrian and Ellsworth area, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Rock Rapids Health Care Center in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
A funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Burial will be in the St. Adrian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with parish prayers at 4 p.m. at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian. Visitation is also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
James Taylor was born Sept. 15, 1924, to Bryan and Carolyn (Krapfl) Taylor in Westside Township, rural Adrian. He graduated from St. Adrian Catholic High School and later attended the University of Minnesota Agriculture School in Minneapolis. He entered the United States Navy on Nov. 25, 1944, and served his country during World War II until his discharge on June 26, 1946.
Jim married Joan Madison on Sept. 22, 1955, at St. Adrian Catholic Church. After farming in partnership with his brothers, they moved to their current farm between Adrian and Ellsworth in 1965. They continued to live on the farm after retiring in the early 1990s.
Jim was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellsworth, where he was an usher, Eucharistic minister and supplied sweet corn for the fall festival. He loved fishing, following the Minnesota Twins and Lynx, and planting a big garden.
Jim is survived by four sons, Mike (Terri) Taylor, Adrian, Randy (Anita) Taylor, Rock Valley, Iowa, Roger (Rachele) Taylor, Lakeville, and Bruce Taylor (fiancée Melinda Michels), Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a daughter, Donna Taylor, Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren, Austin Taylor, Matt Taylor, Nate Taylor, Maria Taylor, Shannon (Dweezle) Bordeaux, Brad Taylor, Sam Taylor and Andrew Taylor; four great-grandchildren, Ella, Olivia, Mason and Jenna Bordeaux; three brothers, Bill (Dee) Taylor, Worthington, Carroll Taylor, Minneapolis, and Gene (Marva) Taylor, Adrian; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Taylor, Worthington, and Mary Ann Taylor, Mason City, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan, on Jan. 29, 2014; a grandson, Noah Taylor; five brothers, Jerry, Earl, Fr. Bob, Lloyd Paul and Bryan "Junior" Taylor; a sister, Joan (Sr. Brian) Taylor; and three sisters-in-law, Lucille, Beverly and Lorraine Taylor.
Arrangements are by Dingmann Funeral Home of Worthington, dingmannandsons.com.