Donald J. Taylor, 82, of Le Mars, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb.
Donald James Taylor was born July 10, 1922, in Iowa. He was adopted by James Irwin and Mary (Howe) Taylor. He was raised and educated in the Merrill area where he graduated from Merrill High School in 1939. He would later attend college at Westmar College in Le Mars and major in music.
Don proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II. He serviced aircraft and played in the Air Force band. Don attained the rank of Sergeant prior to his honorable discharge. Following his military service, Don returned to the Merrill area where he farmed. He also worked at Branum Oil Co. in Merrill where he drove a tank truck. Don married Bernice Acord on July 22, 1947.
He retired and moved to Le Mars in 1987.
Don was an active member of the Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. Don held numerous Legion offices on the local, state and national level. He also attended many of the national conventions held throughout the country. Don was also a member of the Eagles Club in Le Mars.
Survivors include his four children Steve and his wife, Sally of Victorville, Calif., Toni Shook and her husband, Mark of Sioux City, Kathy Paul and her husband, Bill of Barneston, Neb., and Jim and his special friend, Patty of Lincoln, Neb.; three grandchildren Shelly, Steven Jr. and Kevin; a great-granddaughter Rachel; a sister Lucretia Trometer of Nashwauk, Minn., and a special friend, Mary Lihudis of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill, with graveside military honors provided by Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue until service time.