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 in Stokes Township, Logan County, on March 13, 1931, to the late Lester B. and Mildred A. Babcock Taylor. He also was preceded in death by a son, Todd Taylor; a daughter, Karen Kindle; 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, along with his 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 more than 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 conducts a funeral at 4 p.m. Saturday at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, where visitation is two hours prior. Burial is at a later date in Walnut Hill Cemetery.
Contributions may be given in his name to the National Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.