Robert "Bob" Taylor, 93, of Westfield, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, from natural causes.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, 3220 Stone Park Blvd., Sioux City. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made to www.meyerbroschapels.com.
Robert was born on Sept. 6, 1925, in Sioux City, to Charles and Hazel (Mulheron) Taylor. He attended Happy Hollow Country School and graduated from Westfield High School in 1943. He then enlisted in the United States Navy on Feb. 1, 1944. He traveled from Northwest Iowa to Camp Farragut, Idaho.
Robert went to Great Lakes Engineering School and then went on to Richmond, Va. for diesel mechanic school. He was assigned to the USS Daniel, a Destroyer Escort, DE-335. The Escort’s purpose was to be on the lookout for torpedoes from German submarines. He was a Motor Machinist, M.O.M.M. Petty Officer Second Class. He served among the Greatest Generation in the Pacific Theatre, the European-African-Middle East Campaign and the American Campaign. His ship docked in Pearl Harbor the day Japan surrendered the war in 1945. He was honorably discharged April 19, 1946.
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Bob returned home to Westfield after the War ended. He worked for Booth and Olson on highway construction, paving projects all across Iowa for 17 years. He married Gwana Mae Pool on Dec. 6, 1952. To this union, four children were born, Scott, Rusty, Robin and Susan. He moved to the home place when his father retired and farmed the land he loved for 45 years. He retired in 2007.
Bob enjoyed his retirement attending musical events and jam sessions. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was proud of his country and all who served and their sacrifices. He was presented the Victory Medal on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, by Senator Chuck Grassley.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Scott (Bonnie) Taylor and Rusty (Renae) Taylor, all of Westfield, Robin Taylor and Susan (Doug) Switalski, all of Le Mars, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gwana M. Taylor; a sister and her husband and nephew, Lorna, Harold and Bobby Whiting; and a great-grandson, Gavin (Culler) Van Driel.