James Edward Taylor, 77

James “Jim” Edward Taylor, 77, Kokomo, passed away with his family at his side, at 2:15 pm Monday, February 21, 2022, at his home. He was born January 20, 1945, in Kokomo, the son of the late Maurice and Harriett (Robey) Taylor. On December 31, 1971, he married Janis McCarty in Greentown, IN., and she survives.

Jim retired from the Chrysler Corporation as a millwright after 27 years of service. He was a member of U.A.W. 685, Pope and Young Club, and the National Hot Rod Association. Jim was a taxidermist from a young age who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He won 3 trophies for biggest Antelope, and shot a black bear on his last hunt, which he was very proud of.  He loved to be outside, antiquing and attending car shows with Janis.  He loved working on his 1928 Ford Roadster, which he won several awards for.   Jim loved his family and cherished the moments he spent with his grandchildren, whom he loved so much.

In addition to his wife Janis, Jim is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Ron Pigman) Taylor, Michael Taylor, Gary (Linda) Taylor, and Greg (Jennifer) Taylor; grandchildren, Gavin (fiancé Karis Pesola) Pigman, Avery (fiancé Marcos Aguirre) Pigman, Tre (Jenna Gerth) Akers, Brooke Akers, Hunter Taylor, and Ava Taylor; sister, Carol (John) Diller; sister-in-law, Judy Snowberger; and brother-in-law, John McCarty; and his beloved dog, Sally.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Jene McCarty.

The family would like to thank all the neighbors who helped out during Jim’s illness, and to Jerry Stephenson for bringing Jim lunch on Tuesday’s.

A funeral service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo. Burial will follow in North Union Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11 am until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association,, in Jim’s memory. Messages of condolence may be left online at 

Posted on 2022 Feb 24