Patrick Ray Taylor, Sr., 81, died on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. due to a lung complication. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Eden Chapel United Methodist Church. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patrick was born on March 17, 1931 in Huntington, W. Va. to Lester Leroy and Mary Loreen (Songer) Taylor. He attended schools in W. Va.and the Southern Ohio area, and graduated from Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio. He went on to attend Elkhart University, earning his Associates degree and entering the medical field as a Technologist. He married Janet Ross in 1954 and had three sons.
He was a patriot, serving his country during the Korean War in the United States Air Force, and was later honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Patrick married Yvonne Theora Smith in Belding, Michigan on December 16, 1960, and together they had two daughters and one son. He was a member of the American Medical Technologist where he served as President of the Oklahoma Society and received Distinguished Achievement and Achievement in Editing in 1978. He was the Tech of the Year in 1979. He was a histologist in the American Society of Clinical Pathology. He was Chief Technologist at the Stillwater Municipal Hospital helping design the laboratory for the present hospital. He was an active farmer in the Perkins area and attended Eden Chapel United Methodist Church. In their retirement, Patrick and Yvonne traveled nearly every state work camping.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Leroy Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Yvonne Taylor; four sons, Patrick Ray Taylor, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Michael Ross Taylor of Oklahoma City, Brett Alan Taylor, and Kevin Lee Taylor both of Stillwater; two daughters, Kelley Rae Taylor of Middlebury, Vt. and Kimberley Jo Taylor-Wilkins of Prairie Village, Kan.; and two sisters, Erma Carpenter and Ann Spoltman. He was also survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Mission Fund at Eden Chapel United
Methodist Church at 9211 S. Fairgrounds Rd., Perkins, OK 74059, (405)547-1179.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.