John was a deputy with the Bourbon County Sheriff Department. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, the U.S. Deputy Sheriff Association and also the NRA. He loved to work on cars and was a mechanic by trade.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, of the home; one son Robert Taylor, also of the home; three daughters, Lesley Herrin and husband Mike, Fort Scott, Emily Taylor, Kansas City, Mo. and Brandi Boyle and husband Scott, Springfield, Mo.
Also surviving is his mother, Jean Taylor, Mayfield, Kentucky; brother David Scott Taylor and wife Sara, Magnolia, Texas; sister, Nancy Spencer and husband Tom, Elizabethtown, Kentucky; and two grandsons, Silas Taylor and Logan Boyle.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Pastor Ron Woody conducted funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, in the First Southern Baptist Church. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
Casketbearers were Harold Coleman, Ron Gray, Mike Feagins, Jason Finley, Deon Odell, and Dale Cation.
Memorials are suggested to either the American Cancer Society or the First Southern Baptist Church and may be sent to the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Online words of comfort may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.