James O. “Jim” Taylor, age 78, of rural Delano, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Brown County, the son of Earl and Christina (Larsen) Taylor. Jim was raised on the family farm in rural Echo, attended school in Echo, and graduated in 1951.
Jim later attended business college in Minneapolis for accounting.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1955.
James was united in marriage to Ardys E. Henke, the love of his life, Sept. 17, 1955, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. Their marriage was blessed with four sons.
After their marriage, Jim and Ardys lived in the Minneapolis area, where Jim held various positions in the accounting field, working for American Hardware Mutual and Egan-McKay Companies.
In March of 1973, Jim and Ardys moved the family from New Hope to a rural Delano dairy farm.
Jim enjoyed traveling, working long days, helping people, especially his grandchildren; and buffets.
He served as the clerk/treasurer of Rockford Township for 22 years. He also served on the Wright County Planning and Zoning, as well as the Board of Adjustment for 12 years.
Through the years, Jim was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, having served as chairman of the congregation, an elder, a trustee, and as a past treasurer.
He was a long-time creamery board member of AMPI.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ardys; sons Steve (Caroline) Taylor, and Brad Taylor, both of Delano, Curt Taylor of Minnetonka, and Greg (Rhonda) Taylor; grandchildren Tricia Jorges, James, Joshua, Jacob and Joseph; brothers Alvin (Mary) of Tyler, Robert (Luann) of Vesta, and Ivan (Kim) of Fairfax; sisters Darlene (Don) Olson of Deerwood, and Diane (Wally) Hess of Redwood Falls; sisters-in-law Elvera Cole of Hanley Falls, Marge Henke of Wisconsin, and Bernadeen Taylor of Boise, ID, special aunt Marie Taylor of Sterling, IL; and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Christina; brothers Kenneth (Janet), Richard, and Eugene; sisters Marion (Richard) Pederson and Irma Taylor; and a grandson, Michael Taylor.
Funeral services took place Monday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow officiating. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday, April 29 at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m.; and continued Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were Jacob Taylor and Joseph Taylor.
Casket bearers were Dave Pederson, Lauris Cole, James Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Scott Taylor, and Michael Olson.
Arrangements were handled by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com