Lieutenant Colonel
Robert H. Taylor


NEW MIDDLETOWN, OHIO - There was a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 7th at the Zion Lutheran Church in New Middletown for Lieutenant Colonel Robert H. Taylor, 84, who died Saturday morning at his home.

Lt. Col. Taylor was born March 18, 1922 in Rochester, N.Y., a son of C.G. and Josephine Woodward Taylor.  A graduate of Alliance High School, Robert earned his bachelor of engineering degree from Case Western Reserve.  He was a career U.S. Air Force pilot, and flying was his life.  He flew missions in WWII, flying B-24s. He flew the last B-29 out of Korea, and he flew the Caribou Aircraft in Vietnam earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was assigned to the 537th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Phu Cat, Vietnam in 1969.  He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel.

Mr. Taylor spent his entire life around aviation. He further developed and designed the Taylorcraft Airplane, and more than 14 thousand were made.  He was also involved in the Mercury Space Program and signed the final go for he astronauts.

Mr. Taylor leaves his wife, the former Mignon Beight, whom he married Aug. 16, 1945; three sons, Atty. Douglas (Kathy), with whom he made his home, Scott of New Carlisle and Robert of Hubert Heights; a daughter, Sondra of Wichita, Kan.; a foster daughter, Ann Schiller-Cook; a brother, Bruce; two sisters, Bonnie Spangenberg and Carol Sharp; four grandchildren, Ashleigh Taylor-Noel, Stephanie Taylor-Caldwell, Stephen Taylor and. Daniel Taylor; and a great-granddaughter, Ashton-Noel.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Bryan. The family requests that material contributions take the form of donations to the Taylorcraft Foundation at Barber Airfield in Alliance or to the Beight Farm to Benefit Youths.


13 Jan 2009 03:38 PM