NEWTON FALLS - Donald Frederick Taylor, 84, of Newton Falls, passed away Friday night, March 21, 2014, at his home with his loving family by his side.
Don was born Aug. 12, 1929 in New Castle, Pa., the son of Frederick John and Helen A. Waldinger Taylor.
Don grew up in New Castle and married the love of his life, Jean Ann Efaw, on March 12, 1948, and they moved to Newton Falls to raise their family in 1950.
Don worked for years at The Rockwell International bumper plant in Newton Falls as an engineer designing automation and machinery to improve production. After Rockwell closed in Newton Falls, Don spent several years at various Rockwell plants or subsidiaries around the country serving as an engineer and supervisor. He last worked for Dayton Parts in Harrisburg, Pa.
After retiring, Don and Jean returned to Newton Falls to enjoy his retirement. Don had many hobbies and interests, which he spent many hours perfecting.
Don was very proud of his mission work and serving as a lay pastor at Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, Pa.
He raced in the Soap Box Derby as a young man and even made it to the national race in Akron. He loved photography, advanced ham radio and riding his Honda Goldwing, which he had to give up as his health diminished. He also loved to golf. He was a very talented ventriloquist, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.
Don and Jean would go on cruises, where one of his most memorable trips was to Israel. But his favorite place to go was Myrtle Beach. It was something about being near the ocean, the tranquility that allowed family to enjoy each other.
Those memories will be cherished and carried on by his family: his loving wife, Jean Taylor of Newton Falls; his daughters and their husbands, Susan and Gary Carlson of Newton Falls and Joyce and Corey Eslinger of Enola, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Mary Taylor; and son, Richard Taylor all of Newton Falls; two sisters and their husbands, Ann and George Dobie of New Buffalo, Ind., and Alice and Tom Totterdale of Fort Myers, Fla.; one brother and his wife, Bob and Gloria Taylor also of Fort Myers, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Marion Taylor.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Art Nicolli officiating.
The family asks that contributions take the form of donations to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH, 44512-2198.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444; 330-872-5440.
Family and friends may view the complete obituary online or send condolences at www.james-funeralhomeinc.com