Mack E. Taylor, 81, of Le Mars, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Mack Earle Taylor was born April 14, 1931, in Wiota, the son of Jasper and Leta (Sheumaker) Taylor. He attended high school in Wiota and played on a championship basketball team.
After graduating from high school, Mack took a position with Safeway Grocery Store in Atlantic and later worked for Swanson's Grocery.
On Feb. 7, 1951, Mack and Betty Aldrich were united in marriage in Green Bay, Wis. They made their first home in Atlantic.
In 1955, Mack accepted a position with Le Mars Fruit and Grocery. He remained there until it's closing in 1972. He then went to work as a route salesman for Harker's Meats. He retired in 1990 as a district sales manager.
While living in Le Mars, Mack served as past president of the Eagle's Club, was active with the Jr. Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Center.
He enjoyed following all types of sports, league bowling and playing cards.
Mack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Betty of Le Mars; a son, Brandt and his wife, Jan, of Lancaster, Calif., and their children and spouses, Shannon and Mike Sawyer, Meredith and Lukas Marcotte, Sarah and John McMurtry, and great-grandchildren Katherine, Caitlyn, Coulter, Aiden and Kyleigh; a daughter, Julie Marienau and her husband, Brandon, of Sioux Falls, S.D., their daughters, Andrea and significant other Tim Johnson, Megan Goter and her husband Stephen, and great-grandson Alexander; a daughter, Christie Thorpe and her husband, Mark, of Ankeny, and their children Jessica Swihart and Erin Thorpe; and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Makenna and Peyton; several nieces and nephews and a dear niece, Jocelyn Drabelle of Lake City, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, William and Helena Aldrich; brothers, Maurice and Mervin; brothers-in-law Phil Aldrich, Warren Aldrich and Don Owen; sisters-in-law, Mabelle Aldrich, Gladys Taylor, Beth Drabelle, Jeanne Owen and Mary Aldrich; and a nephew, Dean Taylor.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. There will be a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. followed by a time of fellowship at the funeral home. A private family burial will follow at a later date at the Atlantic Cemetery in Atlantic.
Memorials in Mack's name may be directed to the June Nylen Cancer Center, Le Mars Senior Center or the Le Mars Little League.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com