Ralph Taylor, 77, of rural Le Mars, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, at the Indian Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Sioux City.
Ralph Victor Taylor was born April 25, 1929, in Akron, the son of Victor and Dena (Mieras) Taylor. Ralph was raised on the family homestead in Preston Township. He attended country school in Preston Township and later graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1948. Following high school, Ralph attended Nebraska State Teachers College in Wayne, Neb., from 1948 to 1950. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953.
Ralph was united in marriage to Marilyn A. Gamble on July 15, 1951, at Wayne, Neb. The Taylor farm was purchased from the United States government in 1870 by Ralph's grandfather, Elkanah Taylor. When Ralph began farming the land he became only the third person to farm the land since homesteading. He continued to farm until his retirement in 1998. Marilyn died March 21, 1997.
Ralph was a lifetime member of the First Plymouth Presbyterian Church. Through the years he had served the church as an Elder, Trustee, Sunday school teacher, Cemetery Board, and wherever else he could volunteer. He had also served as the Preston Township Clerk for many years.
Ralph and Marilyn enjoyed music and going dancing. Ralph was very much a steward of the land. He was a meticulous farmer and took great pride in maintaining the appearance of his farm.
Survivors include his three daughters: Debra Stoos of Omaha, Neb., Lisa Greenfield and her husband James of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jill Taylor-Oetken of Omaha, Neb.; a brother, W. Robert Taylor of Boone; grandchildren: Jeffrey Stoos and his wife Lori of Pleasant Hill, Calif., Adam Stoos of Overland Park, Kan., Kari Tooker Blyhte and her husband John Blythe of Camarillo, Calif., Nicholas Tooker and his wife Amanda of Tolleson, Ariz., Kristin Tooker of Camarillo, Calif., Jamie Greenfield of Omaha, Neb., Jared Greenfield of Sioux Falls, S,D,, Matthew Greenfield of Sioux Falls, S,D,, and Laurel Oetken of Omaha, Neb.; two great-granddaughters, Caitlin and Sydnee Stoos of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; in-laws: Stanley and Anna Gamble of Elkton, Va., Lyle and Joyce Gamble of Seward, Neb., Bill and Pat Gamble of Broken Bow, Neb., Pat Gamble of Florida and Loren Ellis of Wayne, Neb.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Dena (Mieras) Taylor; his wife, Marilyn Taylor in 1997; a daughter, Lori Tooker in 1995; and a son-in-law, Steven Oetken in 1998.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Plymouth Presbyterian Church (16119 Hickory Ave.) rural Le Mars with the Rev. Randall B. Knuth officiating. Interment will be in First Plymouth Presbyterian Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home. Visitation will continue at the church from noon until service time Saturday afternoon.
Pallbearers will be Roger Gamble, Jerry Marple, Kevin Bronzynski, Todd Popken, Jim Siebens, and Mark Borchers. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.