R. Vaughn Taylor

December 17, 1935 ‒ December 29, 2017

Fredericktown, Ohio


R. Vaughn Taylor, age 82, of Fredericktown passed away Friday evening, December 29, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 17, 1935 in Richland County to the late Harlan and Rhea (Pifer) Taylor.

Vaughn honorably served his country in the Air National Guard from 1953 to 1961.  He was a faithful member of the Palmyra Church of Christ.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Native American history, collecting rocks, mission trips to Africa and South American, but most of all he loved to travel with his wife, Bonnie.  Vaughn was active with the boy scouts and volunteered and provided blood for the American Red Cross, where he was just one pint short of 20 gallons total of donations.  Vaughn retired from Cooper Energy Services where he worked as a draftsman.

Vaughn is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bonnie (Bowser) Taylor; his children and caregivers, Glenn (Marsha) Taylor, Barbara (Tom) Taylor-Leedy, Brenda (Don) Putnam, and Dawn Taylor all of Fredericktown; 4 grandchildren, one step-grandson, 5 great grandchildren, and 3 step-great grandchildren; sister-in-law’s, Helen Taylor and Leile Ernsberger of Mansfield; a special friend and caregiver, Jim Cook; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Vaughn was preceded in death by sisters, Dorothy Wuthrich and Evelyn Ryan; and brothers, Richard Glenn, Merle and Harlan Taylor.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Palmyra Church of Christ, 21184 Zolman Rd., Fredericktown, where a funeral service celebrating the life of Vaughn will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 with Evangelist Troy Northrop officiating. The family will receive friends also one hour prior to the funeral.  Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Palmyra Mission Committee at the church or Hospice of Knox County, 17700, Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

To share a memory or send an expression of sympathy to the family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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  • Dear Bonnie, Barb, Tom, and all of Vaughn’s Family and Friends, We have lost another of the “Cooper Family” and are saddened by his passing. He was such a nice man, and made this world a better place, just be being in it. We are sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. We share in your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Bonnie and family members, so very sorry to hear of the passing of Vaughn, many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Dear Bonnie, Brenda & Your Entire Family
    My deepest sympathy to each of you. May God comfort each of you. My prayers are with each of you.
    Vivian Hill

  • Bonnie & Family,
    As we mourn the passing of a great guy, I can’t help but remember all the wonderful times we had at your house over the years and how much Vaughn taught us. He was so patient and kind, and always welcoming. We were recently looking at pictures of lean-tos and campsites and remembering those happy times. The one thing I most remember is the corn-cob jelly he taught me to make. He touched so many lives in such a positive way. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this sad time.

  • Dear Bonnie,

    We look back on our visits fondly with you and Vaughn. Though we didn’t see each other but once a year, it was always the high-point of our trip up ‘north’. I especially remember riding the bumpy road in the cart out through the woods and to the lake. You drove the girls out in one cart and Vaughn, Gene and my husband John followed in the other. It was a beautiful fall day and we had a lovely time with you both. The picture of us that day hangs on my family’s picture wall and will always stay in my heart. Love to you and the family – Linda Pifer-Pollock and John.

  • Vaughn was one of the “Good Guys”. We loved him as a brother in Christ, truly a very nice man.
    Our sadness is just for our loss in this life but knowing his new life is with his Lord whom he loved and shared . Bonnie, Brenda, Dawn and Barb, we will miss him and our prayers are with each of you.
    Gary and Naspa Stevens

  • Dear Bonnie & Family, So sorry for your loss. So happy for the promises we have in Christ Jesus our Lord! Love in Christ Jesus, Jim, Peggy, Chris & Sam Johnson

  • Dear the Taylor Family you have our Deepest Sympathy. Thinking of the family with thoughts and prayers.

  • Barb, Tom and Taylor Family,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God give you comfort and strength at this time.

  • Prayers of love for the family. We have wonderful memories of our families enjoying many evenings at the Berlin Grange meetings. We count it an honor to include Vaughn as a friend …his family included. Love you all so very much. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Hugs.

  • Dear Bonnie and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss while here on vacation. I know the last few years have been spent caring for Vaughn and making his life the best that you could.
    Peace and Hugs to all of you.
    Andrea and Tim Logan

  • Bonnie,
    So sorry to learn of Vaughn’s passing. I know it has been a struggle for your both; but now he is at rest and in God’s care. My thoughts, prayers and concerns are with you at this difficult time. However, I know, time does have a way of healing.
    In deepest sympathy, Ruth Ann

  • Hi Glen,very sorry to hear about your Dad. I sure do remember him , and his time invested in Boy Scout Troop 392 in Mount Vernon.
    very glad of those memories.

  • You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Bonnie, our hearts go out to you and your family. Saddened for you and all of us remaining here, in the flesh; but Happy for him!Vaughn will be sorely missed! So thankful that he’s a Christian, a follower of Christ…it makes an eternity of difference! No more pain, sorrow or suffering. He’s up, walking, running and talking…all because of his obedient faith in Christ!

  • Dear Bonnie and family, Roscoe Jr & I would like to extend our deepest sympathy. Reading Vaughn’s obituary we realized that Vaughn was a faithful servant of the Lord. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Our prayers are with each one of you. God Bless!

  • Bonnie and family,
    So sorry for the loss of Vaughn. He fought a long battle but now he is enjoying his final reward. You have our deepest sympathy.
    With love,
    Bill and Joan Aleshire

  • G MA taylor, Brenda, barb, dawn. My prayers are with you at this time. May he give you all peace, understanding, and strength in this time. Just remember john:11-25-26. Love you guys Danny, jasper, dylan, Adam !!

  • We appreciated Vaugh’s love for the Lord and especially his interest and promotion of missions. May our Lord bless you all! Because of Christ we have a great future! Don and Marcella Linn

  • Dear Taylor Family

    Vaughn and Bonnie, and their children as they were growing up, have been my neighbors for the last 40 years. We never did the come over for coffee thing, but I always knew that I could count on them if I needed help. How their children and grandchildren stepped up to help Bonnie take care of Vaughn is a great tribute to how they raised their family and the values they instilled in them.

    There is nothing any of us can really do or say to ease your pain, except to cherish all the good and happy times you shared with Vaughn, because even death can’t take memories from you.

    Our prayers are with you all during this time of deep sadness. You just need to know that we are thinking of you and sharing in your grief.

    The Mizer Family………..Janet, Jay, and Jamie

  • Bonnie and the entire family,

    So sorry for the loss of Vaughn, he was such a nice man. I am sorry for not making it to calling hrs.

    I pray for comfort for all of you!

    Pam Young “Bristow”

  • I was so hoping to be with you during this time of loss. I was not feeling well. I truly am sorry for your loss and want you to know if there is anything we can do please let us know. Pastor Lucian and Jill Baker

  • I am so sorry to learn of Vaughn’s passing. I only learned of it this morning. Vaughn was a co-worker at Cooper and someone I respected a lot. He was kind and caring; even looked out for my grandmother who lived near by him, making sure her driveway got plowed so she could get out. My sincere condolences to the family. God bless and comfort you.