Ronald A. TaylorRonald A. Taylor, Jr. of 4523 E. Seneca Rd., Trumansburg passed away in the peacefulness of his home while cared for by family on Monday, August 15, 2011, at the age of 92.

 

Born in Whitestone, New York on September 18, 1918, Ron was the son of Ronald A. Taylor, Sr. and Anna May (Kendall) Taylor. He served in the National Guard from 1935-1938 and later served from 1943-1946 in the US Army Infantry.  On April 20, 1945, while serving with the Infantry in the European Theater, Ron was wounded in action. With the rank of First Lieutenant, he received an Honorable Discharge from the Army on March 5, 1946 having earned various bronze service stars, campaign ribbons and the Purple Heart. Patriotism for his country continued through active memberships in the Trumansburg VFW Post #5498, the Trumansburg American Legion Post #770, the Retired Officers Assn., and the 10th Mountain Infantry Assn. Ronís enthusiasm for marksmanship also continued after WW II as he co-founded the Trumansburg Rifle & Pistol Club and held memberships in the Natíl Rifle Assn, Natíl Muzzle Loading Assn, and Land of the Senecas Muzzle Loading Club. He also participated in many Black Powder reenactments.

 

From 1953 to 1983 Ron was a partner in the welding supply company ďAmes of IthacaĒ. Following retirement, he worked for nearly a decade at the Trumansburg Golf Course, keeping the greens in shape and performing other maintenance duties. He also managed the course from 1987 to 1992.

 

The importance of civic responsibility was reflected by the many hours Ron devoted to the Trumansburg Volunteer Fire Dept. and his several memberships, including: Trumansburg Rotary, Trumansburg Lodge #157 F&AM, Fidelity Chapter #77, Ulysses Philomathic Library, Ulysses Historical Society, Newark Valley Historical Society, Cornell Figure Skating Club (Past President), and US Figure Skating Club. Ron was also a member, Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, member of Cayuga Nordic Ski Club, co-founder of the Trumansburg Golf Club, served as Ulysses Town Supervisor, rang the bell for Salvation Army donations and performed maintenance for the Camp Fire Girlís campgrounds.

 

Ron fully appreciated spending time outdoors. He embraced cross country skiing, ice skating, golfing, hiking, camping, hunting, swimming, and badminton with enthusiasm and vigor. Tirelessly, he square danced until the music of the last set stopped. He leaves a legacy of good deeds, love, and adventure for his family to cherish and emulate.

 

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Hester T. Taylor on November 28, 2000. He is survived by three children, Joel E. Taylor of Keene, New Hampshire, Alison Lovejoy of Endicott, and Priscilla Schwarze (Vincent) of Trumansburg; five grandchildren, Joshua Moore (Kristy), Sabrina Moore (Jill Atkin), Rev. Mark Taylor (Melissa), Zachary Taylor, and Noelle Saladin (Blain); four great-grandchildren, Amelia and Breanna Moore and Madeline and Alivea Taylor; two brothers, Richard K. Taylor (Margaret)of Deltona, FL and Don F. Taylor (Eleanor) of Bethel, CT; and two nieces and one nephew.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 West Main St., Trumansburg, with Rev. Cheryl Peeples officiating. Brothers of the Trumansburg Masonic Lodge #157 will conduct a tribute service to Ron and fellow members of the Trumansburg American Legion Post #770 and the US Military Honors Team will perform a tribute in appreciation of Ronís faithful service to his country.

 

The family would like to acknowledge all the aides and others who provided loving care and support for Ron et al.

 

They ask those who wish to make a contribution in Ronís memory to kindly consider Lifetime Care Hospice, 1120 S. Main St., Newark, NY 14513, Land of the Senecas Muzzle Loading Club, P.O. Box 282, Odessa, NY 14869 or Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.