TBDBITL Alumni Club

The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

John Robert Taylor

February 14, 1937 - August 21, 2016

John Robert Taylor, born at home February 14, 1937, to John and Mildred (Boldman) Taylor, passed away Sunday, Auguse 21, 2016, at Willow Brook Christian Village in Delaware Ohio at the age of 79, after a 28 year battle with Parkinson's.

He was a 1955 graduate of Central High School, attended The Ohio State University, where he played trumpet in The Ohio State University Marching Band. He graduated from Franklin University with a BS in business administration.

Survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley (Johnston) Taylor; children, Suzanne Henning of Marysville, Kimberly (Sohail) Qamar of Midland, Michigan, John Taylor II of Delaware, and Michelle (Alireza) Fahimi of Powell; grandsons, Cameron Qamar, Ryan Qamar, Jason (Kim) Taylor, Joshua McDonnell, John Taylor III, Ari Fahimi, Ethan Fahimi; and great-granddaughter, Whitney Taylor.

He was also preceded in death by his half-sister, Cathy Thomas.

John served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army reserves, as a tank commander. He retired as a Sergeant with the Columbus Police Department and then retired from Ameritech after 24 years. He was also owner of two Subway franchises in Powell and Worthington. He was a member of Telecom Pioneers, Avery Lodge No. 493 F&AM, and a 32 degree Mason since 1964. He was a lifetime member of the FOP, and the Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio.

John loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to jog, water ski, snow ski, and hang glide over Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee, where many summers were spent with family and friends of the Mid-Ohio Water Ski club. His all-time joy was being a private pilot and flying a Cessna on weekends. Travel was another fondness, and he and Shirley traveled all over the world until Parkinson's intervened. His family was very special to him, as he proudly followed his children's and grandchildren's many accomplishments.

Family will receive friends from 4-7 pm Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Home, 101 Valleyside Drive at 1510 West William Street, Delaware, Ohio 43015, where services will follow at 7 pm with Pastor John Herdman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, Ohio Health Hospice, or Willow Brook Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

John was a member of the marching band in 1955. He played trumpet.