Lieutenant Colonel Ralph C. Taylor died suddenly and peacefully in the company of his wife, Jo on January 26, 2008. Ralph spent a 29 year career of honorable service in the U.S. Air Force, first as a pilot flying many aircraft including the F-100C, then in various missile programs including the Titan II Strategic Missile Program and the Range Safety Group at Cape Canaveral during the manned space program including the Apollo lunar missions. Ralph was born May 10, 1931 in Lexington, KY. He graduated from Henry Clay High School and attended the University of Kentucky in the College of Aeronautical Engineering. His military service began in the Aviation Cadet Program in December 1953, receiving his commission and Pilot Wings in March 1955. As if this were not enough excitement, on the 18th of this month he married the love of his life, Jo Riddell. Ralph's final assignment was at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ where they retired in August 1982. Ralph and Jo have five children, Connie Miller (Tom), Cathy Vaughn, Conrad Spoke, Chuck Taylor (Karie), and Cherri Burd (Kelly). They also have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who all loved PaPa very much. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 3, 2008