William “Earl” Taylor, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal.
He was born Dec. 21, 1921, to Ernest and Grace Beasley Taylor in Jamestown.
He married Irene M. Burkhart on Jan. 27, 1944, in Dodge City. She died Aug. 24, 2004.
He attended school in Jamestown and was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He farmed several years. He was owner and operator of the Liberal Import Center and sold cars for many years. He was an insurance agent until retiring in 1982.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Elks Lodge No. 1947 of Liberal.
He drove race cars on dirt track for many years, including California. He promoted racing and drove in Liberal for many years and was crew chief for his wife, daughter, son and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing golf and cards with family and friends.
He is survived by one son, Rick Taylor and wife, Stella, Liberal; one daughter, Renee Haralson and husband, Mark, Turpin, Okla.; one brother, Fred Taylor and wife, Mary Ann, McCracken; one sister, Mae Kersenbrock, Concordia; seven grandchildren, Tanya Bradley, Nathan Taylor, Chad and KatieTaylor, Brittany and Joseph Macias, Trishia and Dusty Johannson, Ryan and Amanda Delay and Charlie Delay; five step grandchildren, John, Patrick, Matthew and Rachel Haralson and Zayr Delay; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one son-in-law, Ron Delay.
o Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with the Rev. James P. Dieker presiding.
Burial will be at the Liberal Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion.
Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the St. Catherine Hospice or to the St. Anthony Catholic Church Building Fund in care of Miller Mortuary.