William O. “Bill” Taylor

January 28, 1933 ‒ November 15, 2008

Chesterville, Ohio

William O. “Bill” Taylor, 75, of Chesterville died late Saturday night, November 15, 2008 at the Morrow County Hospital after a courageous 2 year battle with cancer.

He was born on January 28, 1933 in Morrow County the son of the late Harry W. and Marjorie (Mohr) Taylor.

Before completing high school Bill was drafted into the United States Army. Prior to leaving for boot camp he and Martha Jane Bird were united in marriage on April 18, 1953. He served three years in the military, two of which were spent in Germany.

He used his time wisely in the service, receiving his high school diploma.

A hard worker by nature, Bill worked for North Electric-ITT Power Systems in Inventory Management. After 30 years he took an early retirement in 1988.

His retirement enabled him to concentrate on his true passion; harness racing. He raced in the NCOC circuit at county fairs, Scioto Downs, Northfield Park, and Lebanon Raceway. Bill loved everything about racing; most especially his horses.

His love of horses did not stop with his role as a trainer/driver. Bill was also in charge of the Speed Committee at the Morrow County Fair; which oversaw all the harness racing. He was also a member of the Morrow County Harness Horseman’s Association.

Bill’s competitive nature spilled into other sports as well. He rooted whole heartedly for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, and the Highland Scots.

He also held a great respect for our county farmers and was a 23 year member of the Morrow County Fair Board.

Some might find it hard to believe that that he also found time to restore a couple of antique 1936 John Deere Tractors.

He was a member and past Master Mason of the Chesterville Lodge #238, and was a member of the Evelyn Chapter #146 of the Eastern Star.

Bill was a devoted husband and consummate family man. He cherished family time and was in his glory when their large family would gather around the table to play euchre.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Jane of Chesterville; their four daughters Debra (Mike) Nulk of Galion, Cindy (Jonah Adkins) of Chesterville, Tammy (Jim) Oakes of Chesterville, and Tracey (Gerald) Parks of Phoenix, Arizona; seven grandchildren Travis (Angie), Carrie (Mike), Brittany (Jimmy), Kyle (Megan), Chazity, Kelly, and Chad (Amy); 6 great grandchildren Deven, Trevor, Zayden, Louis, Wesley, and Brendan; and seven sisters Polly Thompson of Chesterville, Betty (Charles) Peterson of Mansfield, Judy (Bufford) Keene of Cleveland, Clara Horlocker of Cardington, Martha (Bob) Keene of Mount Gilead, Sue Baldwin, and Sandi (Lennie) Pierce both of Lexington.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Teresa Taylor; grandson Joey Adkins; and three brothers Richard “Dick”, Robert “Bob”, and Ronald “Ronnie” Taylor.

Friends may call on the Taylor family on Wednesday November 19, 2008 from 4-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead. Masonic services will be held there at 7:45 p.m. Rev. Jeannie Winters will conduct funeral services there on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Burial with full military honors conducted by VFW Post #8054 and Am Vets Post #87 will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Morrow County Fair Board or the Morrow County Harness Horseman’s Association.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.