William “Bill” Taylor, age 91, of Worthington, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 in hospice care at Sunset Cottage in Worthington, MN. He was born November 1, 1926 at Adrian, MN, the son of Bryan and Carolyn Taylor. Bill attended St. Adrian School in Adrian MN, where he graduated in 1944. Bill served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII, mainly in the Philippines.
Bill met Rita Delanne (Dee) Miller of Rockwell IA. They married in 1950 at St. Catherine’s in Luverne and raised 5 children.
He farmed with his brothers until 1965 when he purchased a farm near Rushmore, MN. He farmed there until his retirement in 1992. Bill and Dee retired to Worthington and spent winters in Mesa, Az. They most recently lived at the Meadows in Worthington.
Bill played baseball and fast pitch softball in his younger days and after retirement he enjoyed lots of time on the golf course, watching sports, and reading biographies of past Presidents. He also volunteered for the Red Cross and was a member of Kiwanis club.
Bill served on the Rushmore elevator board, the zoning board, and was president of Pig Parlors, Inc. one of the first confinement buildings in the area. He loved the land he farmed and consistently read magazines and journals to learn how to be a good steward of it.
William is survived by his wife, Dee Taylor of Worthington, MN. He is also survived by his children and their spouses: Tom (Hopkins, MN), Don and partner Rodrick Fields (Golden Valley, MN), Gary and wife Diane (Renton, WA) and Mary Beth and husband Merle Kriech (Colman, SD), grandchildren Lukas and Allison Taylor, of Renton Washington, and Taylor Kriech of Colman; his brothers Carroll and Gene (Marva): and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Gregory, infant children; Dennis Michael, Kathleen Marie, and David James. Also preceding him in death are his parents; brothers, Jerry, Earl, Lloyd (Paul), Bryan, James, Robert: sister, Sister Brian; brother in-law Ken Miller; sister in-laws Lucille, Loraine, Joan, Beverly, and Helen Miller.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 pm Sunday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian; and also one prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. Funeral Mass will be Monday at 2 pm at St. Adrian Catholic Church, in Adrian, officiated by Monsignor Richard Colletti. Burial with full military honors provided by the Adrian American Legion will be at the St. Adrian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation or charity of choice.