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Richard "Dick" Taylor

Richard "Dick" Taylor, 76, of Diagonal passed away November 2, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Diagonal High School Gymnasium. Burial will be at the Diagonal Cemetery in Diagonal. Open visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal. Memorials can be made to the United Church of Diagonal or Diagonal Community School Foundation. Online condolences can be made under the obituary category at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Richard "Dick" Allen Taylor was born May 30, 1937 to Floyd Allen Taylor and Leona Marie (Hutchison) Taylor in Diagonal. Dick graduated from Diagonal High School in 1955. He later attended Creston Community College and Iowa State University. On January 24, 1959 Dick was united in marriage to Janis Lea Linkey at the Methodist Church in Diagonal. Dick grew up on the family farm where he and Janis raised their four boys. He spent many hours tending to his crops and livestock. It did not matter if he had planting or combining, he never missed a basketball or baseball game the boys were involved in. He enjoyed following his nine grandchildren's school and sporting events and meeting the guys for morning coffee. Dick was a member of the United Church of Diagonal and Creston Elks Lodge #605. He served on the Diagonal School Board and REC Board.

Dick is survived by his wife, Janis Taylor of Diagonal; four sons, Mike (wife Jean Ann) Taylor of Creston, Bill (wife Joni) Taylor of Creston, Scott (wife Niky) Taylor of Waukee and Todd (wife Jennifer) Taylor of Parkville, Missouri; two sisters, Mary McCalley of Cedar Falls and Judy (husband Claire) Newton of Diagonal; mother in-law, Anna Linkey of Mount Ayr; one brother in-law, Jim (wife Dixie) Linkey of Kansas City, Missouri; aunts, Lois (husband Stan) Schleuter of Noblesville, Indiana, Lorabel Taylor of Clearfield; nine grandchildren, Ryan (wife Janelle) Taylor, Blair (wife Martina) Taylor, Colby Taylor, Jenna Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Katie Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Brittlyn Taylor and Duke Taylor; three great grandchildren, Kayson Taylor, Cora Taylor and Tate Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Leona Taylor; father in-law, Leo Linkey; brother in-law, Dave McCalley.

  • Visitation

    November 04, 2013
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    Main Street
    Diagonal, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    November 04, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    Main Street
    Diagonal, IA

  • Funeral Service

    November 05, 2013
    10:30 AM

    Diagonal High School Gymnasium

    Diagonal, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday November 05 2013

    Diagonal Cemetery

    Diagonal, IA


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Guestbook

You were loved by many, Dick . . . and will be missed until we all meet again . . in fields of gold. Those smiling eyes of yours, that Taylor Family trademark, are etched upon our hearts. There are countless treasures and fond memories stored up in that little piece of Heaven called Southwest Iowa, where the Taylor Family Farm homes, barns and fields all breathe the names of our dearly departed decendants. You are probably doing some good catching up with Grandpa Wayne about now, I imagine . . . and all the others who have gone before us.

Wishing your family and friends my deepest sympathy and lifting them all up in thought and prayer daily.

Much Love,

Bobbi Keller

Posted by Bobbi Keller - Saint Joseph, MO - Family   November 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Although I haven''t seen Dick in years, his smile is what I remember the most.... always such a friendly face! Many, many memories of Dick and his family that are truly cherished. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jacque Hower Oglesby

Posted by Jacque Hower Oglesby - Maryville, MO   November 06, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sad to of Dick''s passing. Always hard to lose a member of our community. Thinking of you Janis, Jim and families.

Posted by Dorothy Garrett-Smith - Diagonal, IA - Neighbor to Ann Linkey   November 05, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dick, it was a long and good friendship starting with being freshmen in high school until the end. I hope somewhere they are opening a keg of Bud as a welcome. Enjoyed the year we spent in college at Creston and when we worked as the night crew at Taha Standard Station in Creston. 1959 the Army sent me to Korea and you got married, it seemed to have been a great turn of events for both of us. See you later, Dick.

Posted by Condon (Connie) L. Graham - Anchorage, AK - Friend   November 05, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Bill and Family- Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all of you. I have many, many memories of him coaching, encouraging, and givin'' em hell from the sidelines at SWCC and Diagonal. It is an understatement to say, he will be missed.

Posted by Wade and Brandy Sick Stephens - Lorimor, IA - Member of the SWCC family   November 05, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Janis and boys and their families: We are at a loss for words to let all of you know how sorry we are to hear of your loss. Dick was such a devoted husband ,father and grandfather to all of you. We wish we could be there for you during this difficult time. Thinking of everyone! Tim and Connie Sheets

Posted by Tim and Connie Sheets - Las Vegas, NV - Friends of the family   November 04, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to all of you. ''Mr. T'' was always friendly and courteous to me. Seek strength and comfort from the Lord now and always.

Karl Peterson family

Posted by Karl & Candace Peterson - Lenox, IA   November 04, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this time.

Posted by Dave and Dale Neas - Osceola - Friend and coworker of Bill   November 04, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Dick''s family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss. It is always so difficult to loose such an important part of a family. Cherish the memories that you have created together. We will cherish our memories of Dick also. With sympathy and friendship, the Irelan''s

Posted by Don and Sharon Irelan    November 04, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Janis and the boys wand their families---Dick left not only a family legacy but also a community one! You could set your watch by his early morning trip to town and the return trip that included checking on neighborhood happenings. Not much escaped Dick''s watchful eye! Our prayers are for strength and comfort for your family.

Posted by Jim & Joy Goins - Diagonal, IA - Friends   November 04, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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