Charles Ralph Taylor Sr., 79, died January 29, 2016 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. He was born on December 29, 1936 at Jetmore, Kansas, the son of Sherman T. and Mary Alice (Wilson) Taylor.
Charles attended schools in Jetmore, Kansas. He was a career veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1953 until he retired from active duty in 1973, having reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He married Linda Fay Moody on June 25, 1962 in Tavares, Florida. They moved to Dodge City in 1973. In 1975, he went into partnership with his brother-in-law, Ralph Klinge, and they started the K & T Trucking Company. He remained active in that business until his death.
He was a member of the Howard Gotschall Post # 1714, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dodge City, and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Alexandria, Virginia.
Survivors include his wife of fifty three years, Linda Fay Taylor, Dodge City, son Charles “Chuck” Taylor Jr. and wife Ann, Dodge City, daughter, Jeanellil Taylor and her son Christopher, Evergreen, Colorado; grandson Matthew and wife Gentry and their children, Braelynn and Mason, Wichita, granddaughter Meikia Couse and her husband Dustin and their children Landon and Ayden, Bucklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman T. and Mary Alice Wilson Taylor, and nine brothers and sisters.
Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Mr. Steve Ormord presiding. Burial will follow at Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in Ft. Dodge with full military rites provided by the Navy Funeral Honors, Wichita, and the Howard Gotschall Post # 1714, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dodge City. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the donors choice in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
More than anything, we encourage you to hug your loved ones often and help others in need. This is how “Big Chuck” lived every day. : ) XOXOXO