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Richard James “Dick” Taylor, age 91, of Greenville, passed away at home on Monday, July 13, 2020.  The son of James Edward & Mary Olive (Kadwell) Taylor, he was born on November 9, 1928 in Belding.

He was raised on various farms in Montcalm County until his parents settled in Greenville where he met the love of his life Inez Kathleen Hansen, whom he married at the bride’s home in Greenville on December 11, 1948.  Together they raised four children and were married for over 66 years before Inez passed away on November 5, 2015.

Richard attended Greenville High School before going to work at Gibson’s in 1946 retiring from there in 1989.  He also proudly served in the National Guard where he was honorably discharged in 1951.  Richard enjoyed his morning coffee with his friends at McDonald’s.  He also loved his gardening planting a large garden every year which was enjoyed by his children.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  an infant sister, Frances;  and his wife of nearly 67 years, Inez Taylor.

Surviving are their four children, Edward Taylor of Stanton, Larry & Robin Taylor of Norton Shores, Kathy & Rick Stout of Stanton, and Mary & Nick Bauman of Greenville;  his grandchildren, James & Mindi Taylor, Mandy & Robert Putnam, Jerrud & Celeste Stout, Douglas & Sarah Bauman, and Carrie Bauman; twelve great-grandchildren;  a sister, Millie Smith of Belding;  a brother Donald & Jodi Taylor of Hersey;  and several generations of nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, no services will be held and final interment will be beside his wife at Little Denmark Cemetery in Gowen.  Instead of flowers, contributions in memory of Richard may be directed to the American Diabetes Association  (https://www.diabetes.org/donate).

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Richard’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.MichiganCremation.com

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.

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11 Comments

  1. Leslie Anne Wood on July 15, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    My husband, John Wood, grew up with the Taylor kids. We are sorry for your loss.



  2. Stu and Shellee Jensen on July 15, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Larry and Robin….
    so sorry to hear of your loss…sending you hugs



  3. Becky lang on July 17, 2020 at 3:23 am

    So sorry to hear of your lost .my prayers are with you all.
    Becky Godwin Lang



  4. Michele Harrington on August 4, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. We love you all. Sending prayers your way.
    Michele, Terry Harrington and kids.



  5. Paula Blodgett Miller on August 10, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    We all got together for the most fantastic meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas at the
    Hansen’s house, Grandma and Grandpa Hansen. They had 6 kids, and 4 of those had kids,
    and we all showed up with food and we drew names for a gift swap. Inez and Dick were among the bunch with their 4 kids, all with great personalities, and we had the good fortune of enjoying the 50s and 60s and 70s. Three decades with some problems and world troubles, but nothing like
    today. Honesty actually prevailed, and people cared for and helped each other in a very sincere
    way. Now all of us grandkids are spread out all over the country, and those Hansen days, with
    Dick Taylor our uncle, a very funny guy, are a great memory.



  6. Marcia Anderson on August 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I remember Aunt Inez and Uncle Dick letting me come stay at their place for a week in the summer. They always had a huge garden, and we kids would all walk around town or cross the railroad trestle or roller skate or go down by the river. It was always good, and since they only lived a block or two from Grandma and Grandpa’s place, there was never a dull moment. Aunt Inez had a way of getting every pan in the house dirty while cooking huge meals, and we kids always got to do the dishes. The rest of the day was our own.



  7. Jeannie and Paul on August 10, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Sincere sympathy to cousins Ed, Larry, Kathy and Mary, as well as their families. Uncle Dick was the last survivor of a wonderful generation. They represented honest, good, solid people — with the Danish habit of offering a cup of coffee as you stepped inside the door! We miss them all but they have left their mark, including Uncle Dick.



  8. Jan and Bruce on August 10, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    To my cousins and their families. Please accept Bruce’s and my sincere condolences in this time of sadness for you. I have many fond memories of time spent with Aunt Inez, Uncle Dick and the whole family. I hope you will find peace knowing that he is reunited with the loved ones he’s been missing.



  9. Herb Corey on August 12, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Great childhood memories growing up with the Taylor kids, aunt Inez and uncle Dick. Always looked forward to going for a visit and felt welcome with lots of interesting places to explore and the biggest garden in Greenville to investigate. So much fun to read the other comments from cousins and siblings as their memories are so easily relatable. Being squarely between Ed and Larry I used to get to “borrow” the clothes Ed had outgrown and wear them for a year while Larry was growing into them. They would often come with a patch or two and would be returned with and additional one or two in strategic places. Sorry Larry. Uncle Dick was the last of the greatest generation for our Mom’s side of the family. So glad you got to enjoy a great Dad and loving husband to your sweet mother for so long.
    With sincere sympathy.



  10. Charles Blodgett on August 14, 2020 at 7:42 am

    I will never forget the Northern Pike that Uncle Dick caught in a very small lake ner Greenville. He laid in an old tub and it completely filled that tub from end to end. 38 inches. We enjoyed his laugh and his veggies from his bountiful garden.
    I remember Aunt Inez giving me her old bike from when she was a kid. Bikes at that time were built like a tank with big tires and a husky frame. I don’t know how long she had it but she used it to deliver papers. It lasted me years. God bless our aunts and uncles and the memories that they created.

    Charles (Chuck) Blodgett



  11. Anita (Mooney) Salyers on August 17, 2020 at 11:47 am

    When I think of Uncle Dick, the descriptors honesty and hard-working come to mind. I have met few people with such a strong work ethic. I believe that he and Aunt Inez set good examples for their children of the importance of family and working together.
    Ed, Larry, Kathy and Mary, I am sorry for your loss but rejoice in the fond memories your family has given me.



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