Taylor, Royal Clark Daniel

Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Prospect Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)


Royal Clark Daniel Taylor of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in Washington, MO, on April 19, 2016, having reached the age of eighty-five years, nine months and twenty days. Royal was born in Hamburg, IA, on June 29, 1930, son of William Eli Lewis and Ella Mae Lewis nee Wing. At the age of three he was adopted by Jackson Taylor and Melvina Taylor nee Thornhill, known to all as Vinnie. On August 4, 1954, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Jean Bader, known to all as Margie, and four children came to bless this union.

Royal is survived by his wife, Margie Taylor of Lonedell, MO; by one son, Jeffrey Taylor and wife, Jayne, of St. Clair, MO; by two daughters, Susan Taylor of Lonedell and Melissa Peterson and husband, Ben, of San Antonio, TX; by six grandchildren, Matthew Taylor of Ft. Worth, TX, Benjamin Taylor of Lonedell, Joshua Taylor of St. Clair, Jeremiah Taylor and wife, Leah, of St. Clair and Timothy and Abigail Peterson of Ft. Worth; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Royal was preceded in death by his parents, Jackson and Vinnie Taylor; by his son, Timothy Taylor; by one brother, Delbert E. Lewis, Sr. and by two sisters, Opal Minks and Nancy Blake.

Royal enlisted in the United States Air Force as a young man, and served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars during his military career. Always one to give one hundred percent to the task at hand. Royal received many military medals and honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Although Royal's military service provided many interesting and challenging experiences. Royal had a thirst for knowledge that led him to also take correspondence courses, most notably a carpentry course, while completing his military career. After serving his country for twenty-three year, eleven months, and three days and attaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, Royal retired from the Air Force on July 31, 1975. Although he enjoyed his military career. Royal had felt called to the ministry even as child. In fact, he was a deacon and served on many committees in every church that he was a member of during his years in the service. After retirement. Royal resumed his education and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Pastoral Counseling while working as a carpenter building and remodeling homes. A faithful and devoted Christian, Royal served as a visiting pastor and Sunday School teacher at various churches throughout the years. He most recently visited First Christian Church in Washington, MO.

A multi-talented man. Royal had many interests. While he enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, caring for his cows and working around the farm, in addition to woodworking projects, he truly loved people. A great story teller. Royal often kept his family and friends entertained with his special way of recounting events. In addition. Royal had a kind and gentle manner and giving personality. Further, he was the kind of man to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, Royal was truly a family man and caring for Margie and his children was always his first priority.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Chris Strickland officiating. Interment was in Prospect Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).