Willis "Bill"'s Story
Willis "Bill" Hays Taylor, Erie, formerly of Jackson Center, passed away at UPMC Hamot in Erie on Oct. 22, 2017, surrounded by family. He was 91.
He was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Greenville to the late Lloyd and Nettie (McClure) Taylor.
He loved his farmland in Jackson Center where he lived until 2013, when he moved to Erie to be closer to his family.
Mr. Taylor was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He served as a gun crewman in central Europe and received a Bronze Star among other medals.
He graduated from Penn High School in Greenville, where he was a wrestler and class officer. He had a bachelor of arts degree from Thiel College and a masters in letters from the University of Pittsburgh. He was a teacher in Mercer, where his students still comment how much they loved him.
Bill was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Jackson Center and a very loving man who enjoyed long walks on his farm, all animals, especially his dogs, cats and horse. He loved to write and visit with people.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Virginia (Robert) Stull and his half brother Nelson (Ann) Taylor. He is survived by his nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to a horse rescue facility, Blended Spirits Ranch, 7401 McCray Road Fairview, Pa 16415.
Willis "Bill" Hays, Erie, 91, formerly of Jackson Center.
Services: Private. Friends are invited to share memories and condolences online at snyderfh.com.
Arrangement are entrusted to the ROBERT L. SNYDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 169 Second St., Fredonia.
Published on October 28, 2017