William “Bill” Roth Taylor, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on February 17, 2021 at the age of 87. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.
Upon graduation from Oxford Area High School, Bill enlisted in the US Army. When he returned from his service duties, he briefly worked for Chrysler Corporation. He left Chrysler to work for Barr and Smith Motors in Oxford, PA. When the opportunity arose, he and his wife, Esther became owners of Taylor’s Auto Service in Oxford.
Bill was known for his quick wit and keen sense of humor. He could drive the darkness out of any situation with his enduring smile and the twinkle in his eye could light any room. He lived as if every moment was an opportunity to learn. His love of nature was reflected in his gardens and in his home.
He was a kind and caring man, always quick to lend a hand or help someone in need. Bill became a member of the Masons and served for over 50 years with this organization. He enjoyed other opportunities for service in the church as a youth group advisor, deacon and elder.
Bill is survived by Esther (Rhodes), his loving wife of 63 years. Together they had three daughters, Kim Taylor (Roy Reider), Beth Marsh (Christopher Marsh), and Amy Lucek (David Lucek). A total of nine grandchildren, Joshua, Christian and William Levan, sons of Kim; Jordan, Austin and Trevor Marsh, sons of Beth; and Logan, Abigail and Zachary Pitts, children of Amy; four step-grandchildren, Alex, Nate, Jack and Nick Lucek. He was blessed as well with two great-granddaughters, Lyla, daughter of Jordan and Michelle (Canfarotta) Marsh and Emrie, daughter of Trevor and Suzanna (Galvin) Marsh.
A memorial service will be held 11 am Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1121 Octorara Trail, Parkesburg, PA 19365.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford, PA.
On-line condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.