Harry Richard Taylor, 87, of Topeka, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018.
He was born February 4, 1931, in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, the son of Fred Warren and Leota (Teel) Taylor. He was a graduate of Enid High School, Enid, Oklahoma and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, receiving the Korean Service Medal for Meritorious mast for action during assault landing at Inchon, Korea.
Harry served as minister of music at various churches in Oklahoma and Kansas and served for 25 years with the Kansas / Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists where he started the “Singing Men” and retired in 2000.
He was an active member of First Southern Baptist Church, Topeka, Kansas.
Harry married Joela Jeanne Ewing on September 18, 1953 in Alva, Oklahoma. She survives of the home. Other survivors include four children, Richard Lewis (Tamara) Taylor, Karis Jeanne Schrag, Jana Jo (John) Gifford, and Harry R. “Rusty” (Rhonda) Taylor, all of Topeka, Topeka; 10 grandchildren, Kenzi Schrag, Matthew Taylor, Jennie Reed, Jeff Taylor, Karli Bonilla, Dustin Burgess, Shane Gifford, Kyle Schrag, Thadd Taylor and Kory Schrag; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred and Tom Taylor; and a sister, Mary Edith Davis.
Harry loved Jesus and enjoyed leading people to worship Him in song. He was a hymnologist assisting with publication of the 1991 Baptist Hymnal. He enjoyed playing basketball, racquetball, softball, was a Golden Glove Boxer and an avid K-State fan.
A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 7, 2018 at First Southern Baptist Church, 1912 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka.
The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church.
Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel, is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Southern Baptist Church.
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