Jack Stanley Taylor, 94, of Augusta, KS, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022, in Wichita.
Visitation 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta, KS. Service 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Augusta, KS. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery Augusta, KS.
Jack was born in Ponca City, OK on January 18, 1928, to the late Flossie (Brenner) and Luther Taylor. On August 1, 1948, he married, Betty (Fish) Taylor, in Wichita, KS who survives him. He is also survived by daughter, Jacque Wilcox and husband Paul; son, David Taylor and wife Mary; grandchildren, Jason Rawlings (Teresa), Jarrod Rawlings (Lainie), Ty Wills (Charlotte), Todd Wills (Shala), Tiffany Pressnell (Keith), Logan Ohman (Kyle), Kelsey Zorn (Nathan); 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Wills Lee.
After Jack's birth, his family relocated to Wichita, KS, where he spent the rest of his childhood until enlisting to serve his country in 1946 as a baker for the U.S. Navy. After returning to Wichita in 1948, Jack wed the love of his life, Betty.
Jack and Betty moved to Augusta in 1953 with their two daughters, Jacque and Judy, David soon to follow. Jack went to work for his Uncle and Aunt, Charles and Thelma Lehr, at Lehr's restaurant later becoming the owner until 1996. During this time, Jack also constructed and opened Lehr's Motel. Jack was a pillar of the community, employing many locals from Augusta and surrounding communities. Jack couldn't go anywhere without being recognized and took time to talk to all.
Jack was a man of great faith. He was an established figure within the First Baptist Church, dedicating much time supporting various boards and activities. He spent years preparing and serving dinners to the members and community on Wednesday nights. Jack was the only remaining member of the Building Committee, which orchestrated the build of the current church in 1959.
Jack loved his family most of all and loved to spend time with them. Jack designed and built a home in Augusta and a cabin in Colorado for his family to gather. Jack and Betty spent their summers at this cabin where family and friends would visit and make lifelong memories. He had workshops at both his home and cabin and was a master woodworker, carver, and stain glass artist, as well as a phenomenal cook and baker. Many hours of his wonderful life were spent in the workshop and kitchen with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Jack's family rejoices in knowing he is in heaven, with our Lord, being welcomed by family and friends, free to woodwork, cook, and watch over us all.
Memorial donations to First Baptist Church 1501 State St. Augusta, KS 67010, or Allenspark Community Church 16 Washington St. Allenspark, CO 80510.
First Baptist Church - Augusta
1501 State Street, Augusta KS 67010
Allenspark Community Church
16 Washington St., Allenspark CO 80510