Soldotna resident Leland Ford Taylor died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at his home in Kasilof with his family by his side. He was 73.
A memorial service and barbecue potluck were held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at 28850 Reflection Lake Road. His ashes will be buried in the Unionville Cemetery in Unionville, Iowa, at a later date. The Rev. Ken Coreson will officiate.
Mr. Taylor was born May 17, 1934, in Ottumwa, Iowa. He attended and graduated from school from there. He attended Fullerton Junior College in California for two years.
He moved to Alaska in May 1971 and lived in the Kenai and Soldotna area. He worked for CE-NATCO in Nikiski, Ron's Oilfield Services and Redoubt Oilfield Services. He retired from the oil field in 1995.
He attended Peninsula Bible Fellowship and other churches. He accepted Christ as his savior in 1971.
Mr. Taylor enjoyed woodworking, inventing games, dressing up for his grandkids, and coaching Little League baseball when his children were young.
"Dad brought his family to Alaska to get away from the rat race of California. He loved spending time with family and friends and would give the shirt off his back to help a stranger or a friend in need. Something Dad taught us was to never lose the child inside and no matter how old you are, it's important to enjoy life and be silly at times. Growing up he would make life so entertaining, such as movie nights, where we would all eat popcorn and watch silent movies, play 'What's Missing' with magnets on the fridge or slide down a grassy slope in a cardboard box. Lee was a hard worker and worked for 20 years at various oil field facilities. He never forgot the lean years when work was hard to find. When things improved, he helped provide jobs for many others in need. Following his retirement, he could often be seen frequenting various businesses in the Soldotna area. He visited his friends, having lunch, and even helping out in their various shops," his family said.
Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, Ford and Florence Taylor; and brothers, Jack, Richard and Jimmy Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra Taylor, of Soldotna; children and their spouses, Lora and Kim Sterling of Sterling, Leland II and Linda Taylor of Puyallup, Wash., Lisa and Tracy Hokett of Merritt Island, Fla., and Tim and Kathy Taylor of Kenai; grandchildren, Nikki, Desiree, Alisa, Kristina, Miriah, Taylor, Marley, Micah, Christian, Paddy, Grady and Wiley; and great-grandchildren, Nathan and Tara.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the family at P.O. Box 2441, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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