John R. Taylor

February 14, 1937 ‒ August 21, 2016

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio



John Robert Taylor, born at home February 14, 1937, to John and Mildred (Boldman) Taylor, passed away August 21,2016, at Willow Brook Christian Village at the age of 79, after a 28 year battle with Parkinson’s.

He was a 1955 graduate of Central High School, attended The Ohio State University, where he played trumpet in The Ohio State University Marching Band. He graduated from Franklin University with a BS in business administration.

Survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley (Johnston) Taylor, and children: Suzanne Henning of Marysville; Kimberly (Sohail) Qamar of Midland, MI; John Taylor II of Delaware, and Michelle (Alireza) Fahimi of Powell. Grandsons: Cameron Qamar, Ryan Qamar, Jason (Kim) Taylor, Joshua McDonnell, John Taylor III, Ari Fahimi, Ethan Fahimi, and great-granddaughter Whitney Taylor.

He was also preceded in death by his half-sister Cathy Thomas.

John served as a Sgt. in the US Army reserves, as a tank commander. He retired as a Sgt. with the Columbus Police Department and then retired from Ameritech after 24 years. He was also owner of two Subway franchises in Powell and Worthington. He was a member of Telecom Pioneers, Avery Lodge #493 F & AM, and a 32 degree Mason since 1964. He was a lifetime member of the FOP, and the Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio.

John loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to jog, water ski, snow ski, and hang glide over Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee, where many summers were spent with family and friends of the Mid-Ohio Water Ski club. His all-time joy was being a private pilot and flying a Cessna on weekends. Travel was another fondness, and he and Shirley traveled all over the world until Parkinson’s intervened. His family was very special to him, as he proudly followed his children’s and grandchildren’s many accomplishments.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Home, 101 Valleyside Dr. at 1510 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio, 43015, where services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor John Herdman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr #265, Columbus, OH 43231, Ohio Health Hospice, 180 East Broad Street, Floor 31, Columbus, OH 43215-3707, or Willow Brook Foundation. 100 Delaware Crossing West , Delaware, Ohio 43015

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  • John always made me feel like part of the family. I enjoyed being around him and listening to all the stories he told. I will always remember that.
    My thoughts & prayers are with the family.

    • Dave Thanks for being my friend if it wasn’t for my father we would have never been friends! My Father was an inspiration to alot of people and I know he always enjoyed being around your family and you all have been like family to our family with many many fond memories Thanks Brother Dave for your words.

  • Shirley and family
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Linda Lahiff

  • Shirley and family
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Linda u Lahiff

  • Suzanne and family –

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. I didn’t know him but feel I do through you. I can never thank you enough for all you did for my family when my Dad became so ill. I’m sure your Dad knew what a special person you are and must have been so proud of you. What a legacy he left! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  • My mom who stood by him and took care of him might have different thoughts. It really stands out to me that in all of those 28 years, not once did I ever hear Dad complain or whine or feel sorry for himself in regards to all that the Parkinson’s was taking from him.

    I will miss that twinkle in his eyes & his never-ending sense of adventure. That zest for living life to it’s fullest has been passed down. Love you Daddy.

  • Sgt. John Taylor U.S.Army Reserve
    Tank Commander
    Sgt. Columbus Police, Retired
    Life Member FOP
    Central H.S. 1955 Alumni
    Played Trumpet in TBDBITL

    God Bless and Thank YOU, John for your service…. RIP …. And Semper Fi.

    • From the entire Taylor Family thank you for taking the time to write such a nice condolence!!! God Bless you! Once a soldier always a soldier, once a cop always a cop, once a brother always a brother!!!