William H. Taylor was born on March 30, 1918, on a farm south of Chapman, Kansas. He passed away on Dec. 27, 2008, at the age of 90. He was married to Marian Leona Gibson on Aug. 24, 1941, in the Messiah Lutheran Church in Lindsborg Kansas. Marian passed away on May 1, 1996.
He graduated from Dickinson County High School in Chapman, Kansas in 1936 and graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas in 1940. After college he taught in the Herndon and Hanover, Kansas high schools. On June 6, 1942, he was drafted into the Army serving in a military band and military dance band for almost 4 years. After discharge he and wife Marian and daughter Linda Annette moved to Lindsborg in November of 1945. Daughter Linda passed away in December of 1953. After returning to Lindsborg he taught in the Marquette High School for 6 years. In 1952 he was hired by Bethany College as the Business Manager and Treasurer for the college retiring from this position in July 1981. During his time in Lindsborg he was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church serving as Council President, Choir member for 53 years, and a member of several other committees. He was a member of Rotary for 50 years, the Sandzen Memorial Foundation Board for 40 years, City of Lindsborg Planning and Zoning, Tree Board and Appeals Board, Broadway RFD Board, and the Senior Center Board. In 1981 he received the Bethany College Alumni Award of Merit and was chosen King of the Hyllningsfest in 1997.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ira Scott and Lydia Christina Taylor; daughter Linda; wife Marian, brother Lloyd L. Taylor of Enterprise, Kansas; sister Thelma Jean Gorman of Tempe, Arizona; and sister Marion A. Taylor of Chapman, Kansas. He is survived by a daughter Patricia Wilson and husband Richard and grandson Taylor of Salina, son John Taylor and wife Emily and granddaughters Lydia and Tabitha of Denton, Texas; and son William Taylor, Jr. and wife Sonja and grandchildren Jennifer, Scott and Kristen of Lindsborg, Kansas.
He thanked God every day for all the years with his wife Marian and other members of his family.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2 at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Lindsborg. Private burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, Lindsborg.
Memorials may be given to the church or Bethany College.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1 at the Christians Funeral Home, Lindsborg with family present from 6-7 p.m.