Fred A. “Jack” Taylor, 92, of Bidwell, Passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Holzer Senior Care.

He was born on August 16, 1925 in Gum Stump Hollow, Aid Township in Lawrence County, Ohio, son of the late James and Fannie Robinson Taylor.  He was a farmer, school bus driver and retired from the Gallia County Courthouse in the maintenance custodial department.  Jack served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was wounded in the right hip at Dom faine, France.  He received a Purple Heart, a European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, and 1 battle star for his service.  He was also a M-1 rifle marksman.

He was married to Odella Baker Taylor on February 28, 1953 and she survives him along with their children, Harold (Susan) Taylor, Rita Haley, Blaine (Donna) Taylor, Vaughn  (Karen) Taylor all of Bidwell, and Cheryl (Mark) Holley of Columbia, TN, 14 Grandchildren, Benjamin (Charity) Taylor, Jonathan (Katie) Taylor, Christina (Ben) Mohler, Kent (Alison) Haley, Valerie (Shannon) Weaver, Dale (Jessica) Taylor, Bryce (Kayla) Taylor, Brooke (Clinton) Kennedy, Justin (Chelsea) Taylor, Jared (Jenny) Taylor, Kari Beth (Kent) Trout, Ashton (Ethan) Hein, Lauren Holley and Simeon Holley, 21 Great Grandchildren, three sisters, Othell Cousineau of Sacramento, CA, Nell Rose of Johnstown, Ohio, and Martha (Dale) Hehmeyer of Austin, TX, one brother Henry Ray Taylor of Waterloo, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Alan Haley, Son-in-law Larry Haley, a great grandson Michael Hunter Trout, and by three brothers Oliver Park Taylor, Willard Taylor, and Ralph Taylor.

Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Willis Funeral Home with Pastor Alfred Holley officiating.  Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens.  Friends may call at Willis Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  There will be military rites given at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Missionary Fund at First Baptist Church 1100 Fourth Avenue Gallipolis, Ohio 45631 in memory of Fred A. “Jack” Taylor.

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