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Leonard W. Taylor

Leonard Taylor

Leonard W. Taylor, 86, of Warsaw, died Monday, June 23, 2008, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.

He was born July 13, 1921, in Haigler, Neb., a son of Elbert and Beulah Henderson Taylor. On Nov. 26, 1942, in South Mills, Va., he was married to Mary E. Lorenson, who survives of the home.

After graduating high school in Bridgeport, Neb., in 1939, he made the decision to not follow in his father’s footsteps as a printer. He taught at a one-room schoolhouse in McCook, Neb., before joining the Navy on Sept. 20, 1940. He served from 1941-1946 aboard the USS Albemarle AV5, USS Cleveland CL55 and USS Tomahawk AO88. While in the Navy, he completed aviation radio school, radar school and radio material school.

After his discharge, he started his career with AT&T. He retired in 1983, after 38 years of service. He was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Jay Harris Council 8620, where he was the past grand knight, and Twin Lakes Assembly 2240. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7900, American Legion Post 217 and Elks Lodge 2783, where he was the past exalted ruler.

He was an avid dancer. He and his wife were members of the Damsite Dancers Square Dance Club in Warsaw. It was not out of the ordinary for him to travel to great lengths to find a good square dance. He was active outdoors. He especially loved to host family gatherings at his home on the lake.

Also surviving are his children, Robert Leonard, and his wife, Vicki, of Rawlins, Wyo., Patricia Ann Demel, and her husband, Ed, of Lenexa, Kan., Donald William, and his wife, Debbie, of Liberty, Mary Lynnette Gawron, and her husband, Joe, and David Allan, all of Kansas City, Paula Jean Stringfield, of Grandview, Kathleen Diane Howe, and her husband, Skip, and Gary Wayne, and his wife, Debbie, all of Warsaw, and Darla Rae Smith, and her husband, Randy, of Edwards; a sister, Fern Powell, of Albuquerque, N.M.; 35 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.