John Taylor was born to Gordie and Beulah (Green) Taylor at home near Cushing, Oklahoma on July 8, 1930, the fifth child of nine. After a battle with Parkinson’s disease, John died on October 2, 2021 at his granddaughter’s home in Webb City, Missouri.
Having returned to Oxford, Arkansas with his family at an early age, John (also known by his nicknames, Vester and/or Skeeter), settled in on the family farm. After a couple of draft deferments he was inducted into the Army in 1952 and served at Castle Air Force Base near Winton, California until his discharge in 1954. This is where he met and married Barbara Redmon on September 21, 1954. They were married for 67 years and to this union were born five children; Dana G. Taylor (Peggy) of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, John Anthony Taylor (deceased), Jackie K. Taylor (Kathy) of Kansas City, Missouri, Andrea McCartney (Jerry) of Kansas City, Missouri, and Sheila Bush (John) of Oneida, Illinois.
Then after receiving his discharge John and Barb left California and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he began married life and starting his family. After working at Douglas Aircraft for almost three years the family made a couple of short moves before finally arriving in Kansas City, Missouri where John found employment at Corn Products in NKC, Missouri working some 27 years before his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed his retirement by working part time at Bob McCartney’s Cabinet Shop, KCTV, doing odd jobs, and playing a lot of golf. His greater joy was his grandkids and great grandkids with whom he and Barb babysat from 1975 until their health declined in 2019 and in August of 2020 he moved in with his granddaughter and family until his death.
John was preceded in death by his parents Goldie and Beulah Taylor, brothers Ravle Taylor of Cushing, Oklahoma, Remmel Taylor of Oxford, Arkansas, sisters Velma Webb of Oxford, Arkansas, Fay Sanderson of Kearney, Missouri, Wilma Gay Hayes of Hastings, Michigan, and 18 month old son, John Anthony Taylor of Kansas City, Missouri (1960).
He is survived by his wife Barbara, four children and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Hayden Taylor of NKC, Missouri, sisters Ina Powell of Kansas City, Missouri, Peggy Ball of Liberty, Missouri, and a host of extended family.