LELAND F. TAYLOR May 28, 1915-April 7, 2013 Leland Taylor passed away peacefully in his home on April 7, 2013, of natural causes. Lee was born in Arlington, Oregon and as a teenager, worked on various wheat ranches in the area driving a 10-mule team harvester, in the summers in the 1920's. His family moved to the Woodland, California area when he was in high school and he graduated from Woodland High. He worked for Standard Oil Company and married Dorothy Elliott from Corning in 1939. Shortly after World War II began, he moved with his wife and daughter to Richmond, California to work in the shipyards. He second daughter was born there in 1945. Shortly before that, he joined the army and was sent to Japan and served there in the Occupation Army until 1946. While in Japan, he helped build the International Airport in Tokyo. After the war, he settled in Corning, and in 1950 he and Dorothy were divorced. He moved to Redding, California and worked the rest of his career for U.S. Plywood in the warehouse/Novoply plant. In 1958 he met and married Helen Rohde, whom he met at Novoply. He loved to travel and he and Helen drove their motor home throughout the United States for several years before her death in 1994 After Helen passed away, he moved to Red Bluff and shared a home with his daughter and son-in-law until his death. He was a devoted San Francisco Giants fan, hardly ever missed a televised game and attended several home games with his Grandson, Milan. He also loved watching the San Francisco 49'ers. In addition to traveling, he loved to hunt and fish. He is survived by his daughters Sharon Russell of Red Bluff and Carole Lucio of Dallas, Texas, grandsons Milan Sikela, Jr. of San Francisco, and Adam Raimer of Madera and granddaughter Shellie Marriott of Sacramento, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and his son-in-law George Russell. In lieu of flowers, as he loved animals, he asked that donations be made to P.E.T.S. (Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter), P.O. Box 1174, Red Bluff CA 96080. A private family service is planned.
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Published in Daily News on Apr. 11, 2013