Kenneth James Taylor, 74, son of James Goldman and Gladys Delsie Taylor, was born April 22, 1942, in Clinton. He passed away in his home in Appleton City Aug. 20, 2016.
He graduated from Appleton City High School in 1962. Kenny spent all of his life in the Taberville and Appleton City area. Kenny and LouAnn Wecker were united in marriage Sept. 26, 1963, in Osceola and were blessed with five children.
Kenny was diagnosed with polio at six months old. He was in Childrens Mercy Hospital for seven years and attended first grade in the hospital.
He enjoyed CB and as many can guess, his CB handle was Big Daddy. Kenny also enjoyed his horses, 4-wheeling, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, music and had a HUGE sense of humor. He loved spending time with his family and many friends. He was a man who never met a stranger and would give the shirt off his back to lend a helping hand to anyone. He opened his doors and heart to everyone. Kenny and LouAnn helped raise several children that weren’t even theirs and loved them as their own.
He was preceded in death by both his parents Goldman and Gladys; two sons, James and Scotty Taylor; three brothers – Wilbur, David and Richard Taylor; three sisters – Shirley Taylor, Betty Frances and Wanetta Nichols.
Kenny is survived by his wife, LouAnn Taylor of the home; son, Larry Taylor and wife, Evelyn – Wheatland; daughters, Kim Jones and husband Rick – Rockville and Anna Masten and husband, Justin – Appleton City; three sisters – Gevena Smith and Goldie Taylor – Appleton City and Elsie Brenton – Holden; six grandchildren – Jacob and Kaitlyn Masten, Shelia, Glen and Scott Jones and Jennifer Singleton; and three great-grandchildren – Wesley, Colton and Ellie.
Kenny will be missed by many nieces, nephews and numerous friends and loved ones.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Rev. Mark Wilkerson and Steve Burrow officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.