Ralph Otto Taylor, USN Ret. passed away peacefully in his home in the loving arms of his wife, Anacoreta R. Taylor and with son Matthew, family and friends on 6/29/2013 at 2100. He has been ill for sometime from complications due to Agent Orange he contacted from ChuLai, Vietnam, he developed Atrial fibrillation, Liver Disease, Skin Cancer, frequent vascular problems, diabetes and then End Stage Renal Disease resulting in hemodialysis five days a week for the last 3 1/2 years.
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"Otto" as many friends call him was born on 9/1/1939 to George Alfred Taylor of Susanville, CA. and Ollie Bernice McClain of Missouri who met while performing on a Rodeo and got married 3 weeks later. Otto loved sports, dancing and women. His high school motto was "If I cannot be a lover, then I am determined to be a villain." Otto will be remembered with his warm smile and a big loving generous heart. He loved life.
His tour consisted of the following: NCC (SW) Ralph Otto Taylor was born in Susanville, California on September 1, 1939. Chief Taylor enlisted in the US Marine Corps from November 1956 to June 1958. He later enlisted in the US Navy from June 1958 to May 1962 as a boatswain's mate. In November 1960, he enlisted again in the US Navy's Civil Engineering Corps. He later became a Navy Counselor in 1973. In his 26 years of service his tours have been aboard the following commands: 49th Special Light Infantry USMC, USS BENNINGTON (CVA 20), USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43), Chu Lai RVN, Adak AK, CBU 406, Recruiting Duty, VA-113, Naval Air Station Lemoore, and USS LEFTWICH (DD 984).
Navy Career Counselor Chief Taylor wears the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Pin, Navy Achievement Medal, five Good Conduct Medals, and various unit and service medals. He is married to the former Anacoreta B. De Los Reyes of Balayan Batangas, Republic of the Philippines.
The Command Career Counselor is the principal advisor to the Commanding Officer on policies and regulations related to Navy Career planning matters, and a primary technical assistant supporting the Command's Retention Team.
USS Leftwich, DD 984 was the closest to his heart and even on his last few days, his shipmates , ex o and co called him to wish him well and "Fair Winds and following seas."
He finally retired after serving as a Marine and then USN with a total of 26.
3 years, he moved back here in Lemoore and made it his home with his wife, Ana. He started to play pool and became a semi-pro with trophies to show. He made friends with a lot of people of different ages. He was also a ham radio operator and belonged to a "Pupule" group.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ana , his 3 sons, Johnnie Keith Taylor of Lemoore, Matthew Modoc Taylor of Reno and Rangelo R. Juanta of Australia. He has 13 grandchildren, 2 nieces Lorie Drake and Susan Reid of Red Bluff, Ca.
He was preceded in death by his father, his mother and his only one sibling, La Vonne.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel. A funeral service with full military honors will begin Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral chapel. Friends who wish may contribute to Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on July 2, 2013