John A. Taylor, Rapid City, 90, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born on June 22, 1922, in Reliance, South Dakota, to Allen & Alice (Peterson) Taylor. He moved to the area with his family in 1925 until the present time.
John served in the US Army during WWII as an engineer and was honorably discharged for his service in 1945. He married Lucile Hutchinson on August 17, 1954, in Rapid City.
In his early years he farmed and did logging. Later he and Lucile owned and operated the Red Valley Service Station and developed a museum and antique collection. John appreciated living in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. He also loved the outdoors and environment (he knew native rocks and trees and red clay).
Survivors include his wife, Lucile Taylor, Rapid City; sister, Lila Hawley, Tucson, AZ; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his beloved cats, Shy and Zane.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, JC Christiernsson; brother, Robert Taylor; sister, Lois; and half-brother, Charles Christiernsson.
Memorials have been established to the Humane Society, Hospice of the Hills, or any organization of the donor’s choice.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Home.
Services will be on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Home with Rev. Jill Kundtz and Mr. Stanley Hutchinson officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park with VFW Post 1273 providing military honors.
An online guestbook is available at www.kirkfuneralhome.com