The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Obituaries

June 17, 2013

John William Taylor

Published 6-18-13

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for John William Taylor, 85, Enid, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

John was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Enid and was the only child of William and Nellie Ratcliff Taylor and passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at his home.

After graduating from Enid High School in 1944, at the age of 16, he briefly attended Phillips University. Shortly thereafter, John enlisted in the Air Force because of his lifelong love of flying. He served as staff sergeant in Guam.

Prior to his deployment, he met and started courting his future wife, Sue Hackleman, of Stillwater, after meeting at the swimming pool in Green Mountain Falls, Colo. They married six years later on June 5, 1950, in Stillwater.

After being discharged, John attended Oklahoma A&M until he returned to Enid to help run the Enid Publishing Co., where he served as president and owner until 1989. He was owner of KCRC-KNID radio stations and Enid Two-Way.

John was an active member of First United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees, was former president of the YMCA and the Enid Chamber of Commerce and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of OSU as well as serving on the OSU Board of Governors.

Because of his close connections to Oklahoma State, he was a diehard Cowboys fan and an avid supporter of all things Cowboy. In fact, he was even known to fly Coach Stanley on recruiting visits. Later, John and Sue made a donation, which allowed Oklahoma State to create and furnish the formal dining room at the College of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, as well as helping in the creation of the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

John had a deep love for La Veta, Colo., and spent many family trips enjoying hunting, fishing, ranching and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Sue of the home; daughter, Kathryn and Mike Upchurch, grandchildren, Taylor and Tara Burnett and Barrett and Kourtnei Storm, all of Woodward; son, Tom and Betsy Taylor of Steamboat Springs, Colo., grandchildren, Billy Taylor of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brenden Taylor of Denver, Colo., Kyla Taylor of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; son, Steve and Lori Taylor of Woodward, grandchildren, Dianne Gilchrist and Kelly Ryan of Santa Fe, N.M.; daughter, Susan Mayberry of Yukon, Okla., grandchildren, Wyatt Morgan and Mallory Mayberry; great-grandchildren, Abbey, Sofey and Nelley Burnett, Kamden Phillips, Brayson and Brooks Storm, Kenny Jack Gilchrist; and care taker, Brad Walker.

Memorials in his name may be made to the John and Sue Taylor Presidential Distinguished Scholarship of OSU, OSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, Okla., or to First United Methodist Church, with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.

Condolences may be made online at brown-cummings.com.

(Submitted by family)

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