He was born on March 18, 1922, on a farm near Harrisburg, Pa., to Mr. and Mrs. William N. Taylor Sr. He grew up there and graduated from high school.
He worked in the steel mills but soon joined the U.S. Navy, serving 41 months in Hawaii and the Solomon Islands. Then he joined the U.S. Air Force and was a B-52 mechanic for 22 years, serving in Guam, Japan, Okinawa, El Paso, Texas, and Limestone, Maine.
He retired from military service in 1966 and moved to Parsons and was employed by Ray Products for 19 years until he retired.
Bill was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he served as an usher and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. He enjoyed fishing and yard work.
On Dec. 13, 1955, he married Jeane A. (Stringer) Degele, a native of Parsons. She survives of the Presbyterian Manor.
Other survivors include two daughters, Joyce Swann and her husband, John, of Anthony, N.M., and Connie Mazza of North Hollywood, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters and a son, Gary.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery at Galesburg, with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.