John “Big John” H. Taylor, age 61, a resident of Webster, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
John was born on June 15, 1958 in Frederic to parents, Eugene and Dorothy (nee Pierce) Taylor.
On June 3, 1978, John married the love of his life, Connie at the courthouse in Grantsburg. John spent 32 years as owner and operator of Taylor Paving. In 2018, he sold the business and was looking forward to retirement.
John was a member of the Hertel Fire Department. He was known as North Stickman for the Warrior Society at Big Sand Lake.
We could safely say that John loved hunting season! He would look forward to it all year. It could have been for the thrill of finding that illusive monster buck that likes to play hide n seek or the new gun or bow needed to bag this buck, or perhaps the wool pants that came on in November and stayed on until April. Pretty certain it was the tradition of Mom Taylor cooking breakfast for all the hunters so they could meet and strategize their attack of the day. The boys had to be sent out on a full stomach because the six sandwiches and enough snacks for a kindergarten class just wouldn’t do it.
Everyone knew he loved motorcycles, Harley’s to be exact. He loved riding them, building them, and also collecting them. I’m sure his wife was always thrilled to add to the collection.
But more than the love of the hunt or the ride, he loved and treasured his family. His wife he liked to tease and call Old Hen, his beloved children, Cra Cra Erica and Stevie Boy. And those nine grandkids didn’t just spoil themselves, they had a wee bit of help from Papa. He loved spending time with his brothers, sisters, and lifelong friends Earl, Bowen, Wade and O’Malley.
John was preceded in death by his father, Eugene and sister, Barb Rivard.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Connie; children, Steven (Nika) Taylor and Erica (Matt Ramstrom) Taylor; grandchildren, Anna, Alex, Seth, Josh, Damien, Mason, Cash, Knox and Krew; sadly missed by his mom, Dorothy Taylor; brothers, Donald (Jeanne) Taylor, Joe (Julie) Taylor and Mike (Kate Murtaugh) Taylor; sisters, Trish (Jamie Carroll) Olson, Dorothy (Donald Karpenske) Taylor, Vonnie (Eric) Wilkie, Jackie (Gregg) Baasch and Michaela (Vern) Lowe; mother in law, Arlene Anderson Ambrosch; brother in law, David Anderson (Sue Olson); sisters in law, Debbie Anderson (Jeff Hatfield) and Teri (Rick) Chenal; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Jed’s Laker Lounge, Siren starting at 2 p.m. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com.