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James Fredrick Taylor

June 8, 1927 - December 10, 2014


James Fredrick Taylor, 87, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Jennings-McCall Center following a brief illness.

Jim leaves his beloved wife of 66 years, Barbara (Bremmer) Taylor; their daughter, Peggy Taylor Cabe and her husband, Monty of Naples, Florida; son Douglas Taylor and his partner, Sarah Lely, of Tucson, Arizona; and son Edmund Taylor and his wife Karen of Portland. Jim also leaves three grandchildren; Alexander Taylor and his wife Fran stationed in Germany; Carolyn Taylor Musgrove Njie and her husband Alasan of Seattle; and Linnea Taylor Musgrove of Kirkland, Washington. He also leaves a step-grandson, Cory Homsley and his wife, Alisha,of Portland.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, the son of Clayton V. and Tiona Carolyn (Krows) Taylor, Jim lived in Illinois, Northern Virginia, Seattle, Issaquah, Forest Grove, and Bay City, returning to Forest Grove in 2004.

In Jim’s early years, he spent summers with his paternal grandparents in Illinois. He graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1944 and enlisted in the Army on his 17th birthday. He entered the Japanese Language Program at the University of Minnesota and served as an interpreter with the Army of Occupation in Osaka in 1946-47. He married Barbara Ruth Bremmer on December 27, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1948 with a degree in Transportation Economics, Jim moved to back to Alexandria with his new bride. Jim worked for Naval Intelligence, Capital Airlines, and the Army Department of Transportation, joining the Boeing Company in Seattle in 1966. He loved the airline industry, especially traffic scheduling and forecasting. He retired from Boeing in 1992, and he and Barbara moved to Forest Grove. In 2004, after 5 years on the Oregon Coast in Bay City, they returned to Forest Grove and moved into the Jennings-McCall Center.

Jim loved music, especially the marches of John Phillip Sousa. He was a drummer in high school and the Army, playing at Washington Redskins games and once at the White House. He was active in the Presbyterian Church and later in the United Church of Christ. He loved cats and his faithful Sheltie, Robbie. An avid gardener, Jim was known for his beautiful rose gardens and landscaping.

A private memorial service will be held at Jennings-McCall at 3:00 p.m. on December 27, 2014, on what would have been his and Barbara’s 67th wedding anniversary. Cremation has taken place, to be followed by internment at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

To send the family condolences visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com

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