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Ralph Eugene Taylor, 91, a longtime Baker County resident, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000 at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
His graveside funeral will be Friday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at the North Powder Cemetery with Pastor Gene Saunders of the Blue Mountain Foursquare Church officiating. Viewing will be at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel today, Thursday, Sept.7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mr. Taylor was born Nov. 8, 1908, on the family homestead at Willow Creek, outside of Haines. He was the son of Tom and Dalilah Ann Phillips Taylor.
He was a longtime member of the Baker County Sheriff’s Posse, under Delmar Dixon; a former member of the Baker City Elks Lodge, and a member of the Baker County Cattlemen’s Association.
He married Wilma Jacobson Bates on Jan. 9, 1960, in Baker City. He spent most of his life cattle ranching in the North Powder and Haines areas. He was an avid rodeo fan and his great passion was his love for horses.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Wilma of Baker City; daughters Sharon Jeffries and husband, Jim of Boise; Robin Green and husband, Jim, of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho; Susan Sackett and husband, Deven of Boise; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, special friends, Vern and Valerie Madison, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Henry and Lon, and one sister Ivy Nice.
Source: The Record Courier, Thursday, September 7, 2000
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor