Homer Benjamin Taylor, a lifelong resident of Logan County, was born June 16, 1923, to Benjamin and Margaret Reames Taylor on the Taylor Family Farm, established near Zanesfield in 1806. On the evening of April 16, 2019, Homer went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and to be reunited with his wonderful wife of more than 70 years, Betty Curl Taylor, and their special daughter, Kathy, who transitioned to the heavenly realm in April 2000. Homer’s life was filled with lots of “f’s”... faith, family, farming, friends, fishing and, perhaps as a result of living through the Depression, frugality.
Homer was a “farmer’s farmer.” growing both crops and farm productivity in great abundance. Although he left school prior to graduation to work with his father on the farm, Homer was a lifelong learner, always seeking to embrace the latest innovative idea, practice, or piece of equipment to benefit his yield. As a result, throughout the years he and Betty received several honors for their implementation of soil and water conservation practices and the modernization of their farm. Homer also took some satisfaction in owning the first Bobcat loader in the entire valley. Homer and Betty were great partners in life and on the farm, as they worked together to raise their daughters, consistently improve their crop and dairy operations, share the gospel through their multi-decade involvement with the Logan County Weekday Religious Education ministry that included moving the organization’s portable trailer classrooms from school to school throughout Logan County for more than 35 years. Homer retired from this ministry a month before his 90th birthday.
He and his wife also traveled extensively throughout North America, and enjoyed their immediate and extended family.
Homer is survived by family members who enjoyed many wonderful times at the Taylor farm, Lake Erie and Homer and Betty’s Bellefontaine home.
Those who continue to miss Betty and who are already missing Homer include daughters, Pamela (Paul) Gutshall and Cynthia “Beth” (Jud) Ross; grandchildren, Amy Gutshall, Suzanna (Andy) Tobe, Rachel Gutshall, Rebecca Ross, Benjamin (Kacie) Ross; great-grandchildren, Dustin Tobe, Adaline Tobe and Weston Gutshall; nephew, Dick (Alice) Campbell; and sisters-in-law, Joan (Don) Holycross and Martha (Will) Taylor. Homer also had a special place in his heart for sons-in-law, Gary (Kathy) O’Neil and Paul Gutshall, who preceded him in death; dear church friend, Kathy Heater; Pastor Wayne Downing and the church family at Goshen Friends Church; special friends, John and Melba Breidenbach and his other wonderful Stonebridge neighbors; his Lake Erie Green Cove friends; the Boysel Family, special fishing buddies from over the years; and countless others.
A memorial service begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Goshen Friends Church, 5527 County Road 153, Zanesfield, following calling hours that begin at 3:30 p.m. A dinner is provided following the service for those who wish to partake.
Memorial contributions may be made to Logan County Weekday Religious Education, P.O Box 245, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.