Ernie Taylor Obituary, Death – Ernie, born on July 9, 1928, in Henryville, was the son of the late James and Dora (Casey) Taylor. He entered into wedlock with “Dot” Taylor on May 3, 1957. Sadly, Dot preceded him in death on August 14, 2019. Ernie’s educational journey led him to graduate from Battle Ground High School in 1946.
He answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Naples, Italy. Ernie enjoyed a fulfilling career as a retired steamfitter and was a dedicated life member of the UA Local 440 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. Beyond his professional life, Ernie was a steward of a family farm, where he found solace and purpose.
His passion extended to collecting antique tractors and horse-drawn equipment, preserving the heritage of a bygone era. He was also a skilled metal artist, with his works permanently adorning State Road 32, a testament to his creativity and craftsmanship.
At the age of 72, Ernie ventured into the world of music, mastering instruments such as the ukulele, guitar, and banjo. His musical talents were shared generously, often performing for patients undergoing rehabilitation at the Parkwood Center.
Ernie is survived by his son, Thomas (wife, Christine) Taylor of Virginia, and a loving family that includes grandchildren Zach Taylor, Madison (Adam) Stillabower, and Rhonda (Tony) Poe, as well as great-grandchildren Megan, Paul, and Mary Hurley, and eight great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his beloved wife Dot, Ernie was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Hartrum, his sister Doris Lowry, and his brothers Earl, James, Roy, and Ward Taylor. Family and friends will gather on Friday, September 22, 2023, for visitation starting at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, located at 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Ernie will be laid to rest at Rosston Cemetery in Zionsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ernie’s honor may be directed to the Boone County Cancer Society, at 117 W. Elm Street, Lebanon, IN 46052, or to a charity of your choice.