Max L. Taylor, 88, Belle Fourche, S.D., died on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care. The funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, at Kline Funeral Chapel, Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Buck Malone off...
Max L. Taylor, 88, Belle Fourche, S.D., died on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care.
The funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007, at Kline Funeral Chapel, Belle Fourche, with the Rev. Buck Malone officiating.
Burial will take place at the Moses Lake Cemetery, Moses Lake, Wash.
Visitation is from 12-8 p.m. today, Feb. 3, 2007, and from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Sunday.
He was born on June 26, 1918, to Clara and Claud Taylor in Lewistown, S.D. He worked for several ranches in the Montana and South Dakota area during his late teenage years breaking horses and doing ranch work. Max enjoyed the outdoors expressing often his love of the prairie and horses.
Max married Eleanora Wendt and to this union two daughters, Maxine and Kay, were born.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, and proudly served our country during World War II. He was involved in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He received three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star and was platoon leader and acting first sergeant.
After the war, he returned to Belle Fourche where he and Eleanora ranched and he also worked at the U & I Sugar Factory. He still spent a lot of time working with horses.
They transferred with the sugar company in 1965, and spent the next 30 years in Moses Lake, Wash. He returned to Belle Fourche in 2002.
Survivors include his daughters, Maxine Mayer, Dickinson, and Kay (John) Cooper, Belle Fourche; grandchildren, Cindy (Jon) Bicknese, Kevin Mayer, Kelly (Connie) Mayer, Kyle (Michelle) Mayer, Brian (Terrie) Cooper, Lance Cooper, Lesa Budmayr and Lynn (Carolyn) Budmayr; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marian (Ernest) Viken, Belle Fourche, and Bess Routt, Spokane, Wash.; sister-in-law, Betty, Mount Joy, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eleanora Taylor; three brothers; one sister; son-in-law, Jack Mayer; and brother-in-law, Jim Routt.
A memorial has been established to the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care greenhouse fund.
(Kline Funeral Chapel, Belle Fourche)