Roy Taylor, 97

Roy Eugene Taylor, 97, North Manchester, died at 5:28 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.  He was born April 29, 1916 in Clinton County, Mich. to Byron and Hazel (Walters) Taylor.

Roy was a 1935 graduate of Chester High School.  He married Edna Spath in North Manchester on July 28, 1939.  She died May 16, 2002. He was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church and the Deming Masonic Lodge #88. Roy was a petroleum service driver for Wabash County Farm Bureau, retiring in 1981, after 43 years. He also owned and operated the Servia Airport and was a certified flight instructor from 1954-1991. Roy and his wife Edna wintered in Welaka, Fla., where he attended the United Methodist Church. He lived at Peabody Retirement Community since 2001.

He is survived by four children, Max (Pamela) Taylor, Marion, Esther (Gene) Hassing, Sun City, Ariz., Evelyn (Mitchel) Collins , Claypool, and Lois (Eddie) Beasley, West Lafayette; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and his sister, Kathryn Dahlstrom, Auburn, Calif.  He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Herbert Taylor, and four brothers, Dwight, Arden, Jay, and Robert Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. 2nd Street, North Manchester, on Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Mark Eastway and Pastor Larry Ray officiating.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, North Manchester.  Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Thursday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main Street, North Manchester.

Preferred memorial is North Manchester United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Roy may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Nov 04