James Henry Taylor was born December 6, 1916, at Point Roberts, Washington, and died April 14, 2012 in Juneau, Alaska. His was a large family. His father died when he was six years old and the family then moved to Bellingham, Washington. Jim attended high school in Bellingham, playing baseball and running on school track teams. Jim started college but left midway to serve in the Army Air Corp in WWII. He was stationed in England. Jim met Ruth Herington at a USO dance in Spokane, WA, and they later married and had three children. Jim finished his college degree and became certified public accountant. He and Ruth moved from Spokane, WA to Juneau, Alaska, in 1952, and have been residents ever since. Jim was a civilian employee of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District and retired in 1974. Jim was a member of many civic organizations, the Pioneers of Alaska, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and the Douglas Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bridge, bowling, golf, gardening, traveling, and assisting his boys with their many hands-on projects. Jim and Ruth got away from winter weather by traveling to San Diego and the Philippines many times during their later years. Jim lived an active and healthy life. His last illness was pneumonia and death due to its complications.
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Services for Jim will be at 3pm on April 25, 2012, at the Douglas Methodist Church in Douglas, Alaska. The community is invited.
His ashes will be taken to a family plot in Moscow, Idaho, at a later date.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leila and William Taylor, and several of his brothers and sisters: Alice Spaulding, Grace Osier, Betty Granger, Bessie Taylor, John, William (survived by Helen), Pat (survived by Myrtle) Taylor and Eugene Foss. Survivors include Jim's wife of 67 years, Ruth Eloise Herington Taylor, brothers Dan and Tom Taylor of Bellingham, Washington; three children and two grandchildren: Michael Taylor (Erlinda Carrillo and Junrey Abella), Gordon Taylor (Tamra), and their children Ryan and Louise (David Thomas); and Kathleen Taylor Henning. Jim also kept in touch with numerous nephews and nieces.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 25 to May 3, 2012