William “Bill” Irvin Taylor, 88, of Summerville died Aug. 21 in La Grande. At his request there will be no public services. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Bill was born on Sept. 23, 1918, to William Forrester and Verna (Gelnett) Taylor in Du Bois, Pa. He graduated from high school in Du Bois and then attended the Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics. He taught Aircraft Mechanics at the Naval Training School in Chicago and later worked as an inspector for the FAA and as a flight instructor.
On Aug. 12, 1944, he married Corrinne M. Malone in Cle Elum, Wash. They moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1950. Bill worked in the maintenance department of Eastern Oregon University until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was formerly a member of the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, elk and deer hunting, hiking and camping. He was an avid reader, and his family says he had a great sense of humor. He loved animals and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Corrinne Taylor of Summerville; children, Linda and Dennis Lovely of Hermiston and Dan and Julie Taylor of Summerville; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Taylor; sister, Ruth Kagy; and a grandson, Michael Taylor.
Memorial contributions may be made to GRH Hospice or the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending August 25, 2007 – Published: August 25, 2007
Submitted by: Dixie Ricker