Richard “Dick” Taylor, 76, of Diagonal died Nov. 2, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Diagonal High School gymnasium. Burial will be in Diagonal Cemetery. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, Diagonal. Memorials may be given to the United Church of Diagonal or Diagonal Community School Foundation. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.
Richard “Dick” Allen Taylor, son of Leona Marie (Hutchison) and Floyd Allen Taylor, was born May 30, 1937, in Diagonal.
Dick graduated from Diagonal High School in 1955. He later attended Creston Community College and Iowa State University.
On Jan. 24, 1959, Dick married Janis Lea Linkey at the Methodist Church in Diagonal.
Dick grew up on the family farm, where he and Janis raised their family. He spent many hours tending to his crops and livestock.
Dick was a member of the United Church of Diagonal and Creston Elks Lodge No. 605. He served on Diagonal School Board and REC Board.
Dick is survived by his wife Janis Taylor of Diagonal; sons, Mike (wife Jean Ann) Taylor of Creston, Bill (wife Joni) Taylor of Creston, Scott (wife Niky) Taylor of Waukee and Todd (wife Jennifer) Taylor of Parkville, Mo.; sisters, Mary McCalley of Cedar Falls and Judy (husband Claire) Newton of Diagonal; mother-in-law Anna Linkey of Mount Ayr, brother-in-law Jim (wife Dixie) Linkey of Kansas City, Mo.; aunt Lois (husband Stan) Schleuter of Noblesville, Ind.; grandchildren, Ryan (wife Janelle) Taylor, Blair (wife Martina) Taylor, Colby, Jenna, Matthew, Katie, Kyle, Brittlyn and Duke Taylor; and great- grandchildren, Kayson, Cora and Tate Taylor.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Leo Linkey and brother-in-law Dave McCalley.