Don Taylor, 75, of Quincy, died at 3:21 p.m. Wednesday (April 16, 2014) in the emergency room of Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Born Dec. 23, 1938, in Quincy, Don was a son of Noel and Gladys Weichmann Taylor. He married Carmen A. Witt on July 22, 1961, in Quincy. She died Dec. 29, 2008. He married Sharon Potter Bradney on Jan. 16, 2010, in Quincy. She survives. Mr. Taylor served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. Don and Sharon loved spending the winter months in Sun City Center, Fla., where Don loved eating out with family and friends. He was also an avid Pickleball player and was working with the Quincy Park District to institute play in Quincy. He loved baseball and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and enjoyed going to Quincy Gems games for many years. He also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes. He was a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Quincy Elks Lodge 100 and attended The Crossing, both in Quincy and Ruskin, Fla. Don began his career in 1959 at Harris Corporation where he was a National Sales Representative for radio broadcast products until his retirement in 1998. Following his retirement, Don always kept himself busy with home remodeling projects for his family and friends. In addition to his wife, Sharon, survivors include three daughters, Mardy Harvey (Bruce) of Quincy, Melissa Speer (Jon) of Des Moines, Iowa, and Melinda Oyos (Mark) of South Elgin; a son, Pastor Matthew Taylor (Kate) of Stuart, Iowa; three stepchildren, Carri Bellis (Dave) and Jodi Whitfield (Jim), both of Quincy and Chad Bradney (Kim) of Highlands Ranch, Col.; 10 grandchildren, Katie Hollensteiner (Kory), Karli Harvey (fiancee', Nolan Kurfman), Kristin Damitz (Dustin), Kylie Speer, Kelsey Speer, Taylor Grace Oyos, Sammy Oyos, Jonathan Taylor, Hannah Taylor and Joey Katherine Taylor; eight step-grandchildren, Drake Bellis, Eric Bellis, Chloe Bellis, Devin Bradney, Sander Whitfield, Barrett Whitfield, Kiersten Bradney and Nate Bradney; two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Morgan; a brother, Ronald Taylor, of Taylor, Mo.; and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his first wife, Carmen, Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nancy Kramer and Mary Lou Stover; a half brother, Richard Whitaker; and a half sister, Sylvia Stewart. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Thursday in The Crossing at 48th and Maine with Pastor Matthew Taylor and Pastor Kory Hollensteiner conducting. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until time of services Thursday in the church. MEMORIALS: The Crossing or Quincy Park Foundation. ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2014