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Wednesday October 9th, 2019
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Jack Taylor

Jack Ray Taylor was born December 23, 1937 on the family farm in Diagonal, Iowa to Clifford and Lorabel Cornelison Taylor. Jack attended country school at Lincoln #7 and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1956. He then attended Creston Junior College graduating with a 2-year degree. After college he worked for Watson Brothers in Des Moines before returning to join his father in farming on the family farm. A highlight for Jack was receiving the Century Farm Award. Later Jack spent some time selling insurance for Watson Insurance Agency in Diagonal.

Jack was united in marriage to Dixie Della Watson on June 19, 1959. Jack and Dixie raised their four children on the farm west of Diagonal where they have lived for 60 years. Farming and running the Taylor Fiberglass business for 58 years were his life. The Iowa State Fair was an annual event. Jack only missed one state fair in 81 years. He loved camping with family and friends and always enjoyed watching the State Fair car races and tractor pull and riding the Sky Glider.

Jack loved the Diagonal Community. He has been a member of the United Church of Diagonal, Diagonal Lions, Masonic Lodge, Creston Elks Lodge, Ringgold County Posse, and the Diagonal Cemetery board. Jack spent many cold days and nights lighting memorial candles in the area cemeteries. Nothing was more important to Jack than his family and his dogs. He had a strong work ethic and taught his children by example. Even at 81 years old Jack could never bring himself to officially “retire”. He and Dixie spent many hours attending their grandchildren’s activities, usually arriving several hours early to get their seats. They also loved traveling and took many trips over the years with family and friends.

Jack passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Lorabel Taylor; sister Deanna Warin; parents-in-law Elbert and Alberta Watson; sister-in-law Ann Warin; brothers-in-law Bill Warin, Larry Pratt and Mark Watson; nephews Randy and Robert Pratt and James Warin.

Left to cherish his memory are wife Dixie Taylor of Diagonal; daughters Darla (Gary) Sobotka of Mt. Ayr, Karen (Shon) Berry of Creston, Patty (Chris) Eaton of Mt. Ayr; son Jim (Lisa) Taylor of Diagonal; thirteen grandchildren, Rachel (Michael) Inloes, Cody (Stephanie) Sobotka, Matthew (Caitlin) Sobotka, Alex Sobotka, Austin (Cassie) Berry, Lindsay (Brett) Street, Jacob, Ty, Bailey, Caleb Taylor, Logan, Connor, and Abby Eaton. Jack and Dixie also have 11 great grandchildren with one on the way. Jack is survived by brother Gary (Jean) Taylor; sisters Janelle (Larry) Dalbey, Sharla (Owen) McCarron; brother-in-law Mike (Grace) Warin; sister-in-law Kay Pratt; brothers-in-law Jay (Donna) Watson, Stevon (Carolyn) Watson, Ken Hickman and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.



Services:  10:00 a.m. – Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the United Church of Diagonal

Officiant: Rev Gwen Trullinger

Open Viewing: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wed, Oct 9

Family Present: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wed, Oct 9 at United Church of Diagonal

Burial: Diagonal Cemetery – Diagonal

Memorial: In his name to be decided later

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A Croton Plant was ordered on October 14, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Oct 14 2019 12:00 AM

Dixie and family It's so hard to find the right words, but I hope you'll know somehow , my sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you now. May the beautiful memories that fill your heart help to bring you comfort. Jack was a very kind and thoughtfull and he will be sadly missed by his family and many, many friends. Sending my prayers and thoughts to the family. Love

Merill Starmer McCullough Oct 10 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

Julie Routh Oct 9 2019 12:00 AM

To the family of Jack Taylor
Our prayers and thoughts are with you as Jack makes his celestial transfer. Phyllis Harover and Dennis Lee

Phyllis Harover Oct 9 2019 12:00 AM

An A Touch of Gold was ordered on October 8, 2019

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Expression of Sympathy Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathy and prayers to the family. He will be missed. Indeed a life well-lived.
Jim and Sally Stephens

Jim Stephens Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

Patty and Chris-

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce and Mike Tucker

Joyce Tucker Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Jack's death. He was a very influential man. Dixie and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in the loss of your loved one, Jack Taylor.

Linda Barber Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM

A Well Wishes was ordered on October 8, 2019

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