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Joseph “Joe” L. Taylor

September 14, 2012
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Joseph “Joe” L. Taylor was born in Belle Plain, Iowa on July 2, 1923. His father, James Spurgeon Taylor; mother, Lillian Gloe Taylor and sister, Gloe Taylor Herbert have all predeceased him. The family lived for many years in Gladbrook, Iowa. Surviving family members are Leona M. Taylor, wife, Redmond, OR; Pamela Kimble, daughter, Calabash, North Carolina; Linda Bleeker, step-daughter, Corvallis, Oregon; Janis Wright, step-daughter, Seattle, Wwashington; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Joe attended and graduated from Gladbrook High School, and entered Iowa State University, Ames, IA in 1940. He played freshman baseball and basketball and was sworn in to Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity in 1942. Early in 1942, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force Cadets. He trained in Texas and graduated into B-24 bombers as pilot; organized a crew and flew a B-24 out of Mitchell Field, New York, via Goose Bay, Labrador to Prestwick, Scotland, landing without fuel in Northern Ireland. Joe completed 32 missions over Europe as a member of the U.S. Army 8th Air Force, flying out of Northern England, and attaining the rank of Captain. He and his crew were shot-up on an oil bombing raid at Hamburg, Germany and crash landed at a British air base North of Brussels, Belgium. All crew members survived. Joe attended the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949, and graduated with a B.S. degree. After graduation, he entered the field of Public Health in Oregon and was Director of Health Education and Executive Officer to the Director, Oregon State Board of Health. In 1955, he received his Masters Degree in Public Health Administration with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and was sworn into Honorary Delta Omega Fraternity. In 1965, he went on the staff at the University of California, Berkeley, and later became a real estate broker in Berkeley. In 1985, Joe and his wife moved to Orcas Island, Washington, and while there became “Mr. & Mrs” Commodore of Orcas Island Yacht Club. Health problems brought them to West Linn, Oregon in 1992, where they joined the Tualatin Golf & Country Club. In 2002, they moved to Redmond, Oregon where they enjoyed golf and sunny weather. Arrangements: River View Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, (503)246-6488. Services: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, (503)273-5250. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate in Joe’s name to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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