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Henry W. (Hank) Taylor

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Henry W. (Hank) Taylor Obituary

Henry W. (Hank) Taylor, 86, of Adrian, OR, passed away December 24, 2014, peacefully in his sleep at home with his immediate family surrounding him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry C. and Mildred Taylor of Hallwood.

Hank graduated from Marysville High School and farmed with his father growing rice and raising cattle for about 36 years. He joined the Navy in the beginnings of the Korean War and he married his wife Donna, in Yuba City, and was serving aboard the USS Okanogan, APA 220, at that time.

From there he went to Salvage Diver's School in Bayonne, NJ, and was then assigned to the Philippine Islands doing underwater welding and underwater demolition in the beginning construction of the Subic Bay Naval Air Station. In two years he put in over 2,000 hours of diving in which most of that time was welding underwater. He returned home and resumed farming with his father.

He served 15 years on the Marysville Unified School District School Board before moving to Nevada where he was once again in the cattle business. He then opened a crop dusting service in Orovada, NV.

Eventually they retired and moved to eastern Oregon on a small farm. He had also been a 4-H leader, the second president of the Marysville Chapter of the Native Sons of the Golden West, was a Yuba County Sheriff's reserve deputy for many years, serving as a Sergeant, and was instrumental in forming the first dive and rescue team in Yuba County. While in Nevada, he served on the Humboldt County Planning Commission and was active in the Nevada Cattlemen's Association.

Hank is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna, his two sons, Clay and Cliff and Cliff's wife, Patti; grandchildren Kellie and Jeff Taylor; his sister, Elma Sheppard and his four nieces, Vicki Williams, Janet Gilstrap, Julie Berry and Kathy Wilson Jordan.

If desired, donations may be made to the Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa, ID, 83687, 208-465-6446, or to the Adrian Rural Fire Department, PO Box 167, Adrian, OR.

Arrangements are handled by Lienkaemper Chapel, Nyssa, OR.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Dec. 31, 2014
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