George Earl Taylor

September 21, 1941 ‒ June 09, 2016

Sunbury, Ohio

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George Earl Taylor, 74, of Sunbury passed away early Thursday morning June 9, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born September 21, 1941 in Ironton, Ohio to the late Forest Taylor and Bessie (Richardson) Dorfe and he graduated from Harding High School. He married Carol Smith, with whom he had two daughters; they later divorced. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and was stationed at Port Hueneme, CA for 4 years and was a Small Arms Expert Marksman.

He owned 3 bars in Santa Barbara before moving back to Sunbury in 1984. He owned Kintz Brothers in Delaware and Village Tavern in Waldo where he met his wife Susan Fisher. His true passion was bees and operating as Waldo Ohio Apiaries, where he specialized in package bees, beehives, honey, and pollen. He fed the world one bee at a time. A special thank you to Hardeman Apiaries of Georgia for their support through the years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 16 years Susan (Immel) Taylor; daughters Marlene (Ken) Colson of Boise, ID and Julie (Chris) Andreoni of Oklahoma City; stepson Mark Fisher; stepdaughter Suzette Fisher; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brother Arthur Taylor of Marion; sister Verla Meyers of Marion.

In addition to his father Forest Taylor and his mother Bessie Dorfe, George was preceded in death by his brother Samuel Taylor and his sister Jeanette Walters.

The family will receive friends on Sunday June 12, 2016 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William St.), Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Monday June 13, 2016 at 11:00 am with James Immel officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association at graveside.

Contributions in George’s memory may be made to the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.

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    • Thank you Dana and so glad you came to see him before he passed. It means so much to us.

      • Dana George was so excited when he found out you were coming to visit. Believe and trust he heard your words during your visit. God Bless, Susie

  • George i’ve known you for many years and have been in the family for most of those years.
    May you be forever at peace and contine your bee life there in heaven.
    I will always hear your voice in my mind’s eye saying “sell sell sell”.
    Rest well my friend.
    Untill we meet again..

  • (The first message i left was a special remembrance.)
    I would like to leave my condolence now.

    I want to leave my heartfelt simpathy to all of you for your great loss of George.
    Blessings and prayers to all.

  • So sad to hear of George’s passing. George was a long time member and supporter of the Central Ohio Beekeepers Association. Our hearts go out to his entire family. In the tradition of beekeepers, we will share his loss with the bees.

  • My condolences to the family and friends of George. I’ve known him over 30 years and bought my first packages from him. Not only did he keep bees but I learned how he saved and housed kittens and adults and was very fond of them.

    I hope you as a family know that the beekeepers will miss George. He will be remembered by thousands of beekeepers.

    Let me know how I can help.

  • I’m so sad I only just learned about George’s passing. He was a common fixture among our Waldo community and I will miss him. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. As for his allies in the beekeeping world, I am very happy to report I’ve seen a strong return of honey bees to my property this year. I leave the clover high and always brake for them when I mow. I will continue to do so now in George’s honor.