The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 26, 2013

Marion Alfred Taber

Published 4-27-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Marion Alfred Taber, 79, of Kiowa, Kan., will be 9 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Congregational United Church of Christ. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kan. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Kiowa, Kan. Viewing will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lanman memorials.com.

Marion was born Aug. 15, 1933, in Cherry Vale, Kan., to William Daniel Taber and Ellen Jewett Taber.

He graduated from high school in Independence, Kan.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.

After he returned from serving his country, he and Donna Rowden were married on Dec. 24, 1958, in Independence, Kan.

He first went to junior college in Independence, and from there he went to the University of Houston for a semester, then obtained a B.S. in education in 1959, from Kansas State University. He earned his master’s in guidance from Kansas State University the following year.

Marion taught science in Golden City for a year, then went to Sarcoxie High School as a counselor.

In 1966, he began working as an employment counselor with the Missouri Employment Security Division. In March 1967, he got the job he wanted as a counselor with Missouri Vocational-Rehabilitation. He came to Kiowa in 1982, and taught in the science field until his retirement.

He had lived at Greenbrier Care Center in Enid for several years due to health reasons.

While working in Missouri, he was the national recipient of the John E. Fogarty Public Personnel Award, which was presented by the President’s Committee on Employment of Handicapped.  He had also won the Elkins Award for distinguished service, which was presented by the Great Plains Region.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Art, Martin and Leonard; and two sisters, Elene and Thelma.

Marion is survived by his wife, Donna Taber; children, Debra Harlan and husband Richard, Gena Fitzpatrick and husband Kevin, and William Taber and wife Cheryl; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Robert and Karla Dooly and their children, Kole, Konner, Cayley and River Dooly, Tyler and Rebecka Dooly and Tyler’s children, Audrey Costello and Hunter Dooly, Zachary Jones and Carry Goodson and their son, Cole Jones, Rhett Jones, Justin Taber and Jacob Taber.

Memorials may be made to Monty Thompson Continuing Education Fund, Kiowa Lions Club, Congregational United Church of Kiowa, Cancer Society and given to the funeral home at P.O. Box 42, Kiowa, KS 67070.

(Submitted by family)