Thomas A. “Tom” Taylor, 82, of Lakeview, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Lima Memorial Hospital while surrounded by his family.
Tom was born on March 13, 1931, in Stokes Twp, Logan Co., to the late Lester B. & Mildred A. Babcock Taylor. He was also preceded in death by a son, Todd Taylor; a daughter, Karen Kindle; a stepson, Greg Worthington; a granddaughter, Kacie Wray, and a brother, Stanley Taylor. In February 1975, he married the former Janet Sanders in Cridersville, and she survives.
He is also survived by three children, Hope (Victor) Savage of Quincy, Gregory (Jackie) Taylor of Cridersville, and Jeffrey Taylor of Huntsville; a stepson, Steven (Carla) Worthington of Angola, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Cindy (Josh) Boggs, Ryan Taylor, Chelsea Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Clayton (Tonya) Kindle, Amanda (Anthony) Hall, Jason (Amber) Kindle, Lucas Savage, LuAnn Savage, and Kelly (Tim) Steinhelfer, two step-grandchildren, Sara Worthington, and Adam Worthington; 15 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Connie Allen of Lakeview, and Sandra (Larry) Lament, of Waynesfield.
Tom was a 1949 graduate of Stokes Local Schools, where he played center on the basketball team that won over 40 games his junior and senior years.
He was a member of the First Church of God in Bellefontaine. Tom enjoyed working as a master carpenter. He worked for Flanagan Builders for 20 years and then worked with his son, Jeffery at Taylor Contracting for 25 years before retiring.
He liked going out to eat and was quite the practical joker. His greatest love was his family and spending time with them and close friends.
Pastor Ray Headings will conduct a funeral service at 4 p.m., Saturday at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, with visitation from 2-4 p.m. Burial will be at a later date in Walnut Hill Cemetery.
Contributions may be given in his name to the National Kidney Foundation.
Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.