Jehu R. Taylor, known to all as Bob, a longtime resident of Tacoma, passed away peacefully on November 29th, at the age of 94.
Bob was born on September 10, 1922 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Fredrick and Maudlynn Taylor but was raised in the Mormon Orphanage from the age of 9 until he joined the Army Air Corp on December 28, 1942. Bob was an Airplane Matanence Technician and served during World War II. After leaving the service in 1946 Bob went on to be an insurance adjuster with State Farm for over 30 years. His love of cars carried over into his home life where he did auto body repair on the side. His passion because rebuilding Mustangs and his motorcycles. He is the oldest person to purchase a motorcycle from Hinshaws at the young age of 85; scary but true. He would tell mom he would ride while she was at work but as he drove away the rubber hit the road and he was headed out – even if it was only around the block.
Bob's other interests included fitness; if he wasn't swimming daily at the Elks he was lifting weights or golfing. Hel loved to go hunting and to camp up on his property at the base of Mt. Rainier near Elbe. Many weekends with the grandkids were spent there or day trips on the motorcycle, just to check on it.
Along with being a member of the Elks, he was a member of the Eagles, VFW, and America Motorcycle Association. Bob loved caring for his garden each year, it gave him such pride as did his roses. So many kinds and he knew what each one was called. But his favorite past time was his family; he brought us so much joy with his jokes and his stories. The influences he had on each of us will forever be passed on.
Bob married the love of his life on August 15th, 1986; Carol Henderson. Carol continues to reside in their home. He is survived by his brother Lee Taylor or Utah; seven children, Sherry Taylor (Mark) of Seattle, Lori Backlund (Rob) of San Antonio, Texas, Cynthia Taylor of Auburn, Jay Taylor of Yelm, Jodi Elliot (Len) of Auburn, Tara Stepan (Marty) of Lacey, Darla Dugan (Aulton) of Puyallup; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother Darrel Taylor, and his grandson Michael Stepan.
A public visitation will be held on Friday, December 9th from 9 am -12 pm at Weeks' Dryer Mortuary in Tacoma, Washington. A graveside service and burial will follow at Tahoma National Cemetery at 2 pm in Kent, Washington with reception will follow at 11816 SE 290th Pl, Auburn, Washington.