Taylor, Kenneth "Bus" Ralph

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM

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

United Methodist Cemetery, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Canaan Land Ministries, St. Clair, MO


Kenneth Ralph Taylor, known to many as Ken of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Sullivan, MO, surrounded by the love of his family, on March 31, 2017, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, one month and sixteen days. Ken was born in St. Clair, MO, on February 15, 1930, son of Stephen Jeremiah Taylor and Belle Taylor nee Brown. On September 12, 1953, he was united in marriage to Mary Ethel Frossard and they were blessed to have sixty-four years together.

Ken is survived by his wife, Mary Taylor of St. Clair, MO; by his god-daughter, Sandy Belew and husband, Bruce, of St. Clair; by many very special nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins and many friends. Over the years, he and Mary cared for children in their home and have remained close with several of them.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Belle Taylor; by three brothers, Stephen, Harold and William Taylor, and by eight sisters, Olive Collins, Sylvia Duncan, Marie Ann Miller, known to all as Ann, Myrna Gudermuth, Audrey Rose Sutterfield, known to all as Rose, Lenora Taylor, Delma Taylor and Beulah Hawkins.

Ken was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He had lived in Cuba, MO, for about twenty-five years and during that time was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cuba. Since moving to St. Clair, MO, about five years ago, he had attended Canaan Land Ministries in St. Clair. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War as a Corporal in the United States Army, entering September 8, 1951 and receiving his honorable discharge on May 20, 1953. After his discharge from the military, he began his career with McDonnel Douglas, now known as Boeing, remaining with the company until he retired. He was an active man with many hobbies and interests and seemed to always have a project. He enjoyed working on motors and was able to fix anything. He enjoyed raising cattle and caring for his home and property. Fishing and spending time on the river were favorite pastimes. Although he had no children of his own, he loved his nieces and nephews dearly and when his sisters needed help caring for their children, he and Mary were always there with open arms.

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

. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev Fern Nye officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in the United Methodist Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to Canaan Land Ministries, St. Clair, MO.