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Larry Newell Taylor

Larry Newell Taylor passed away at his rural Solon home on Dec. 4, 2016. A Celebration of Life gathering will be at the Avacentre in Solon, on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Larry is survived by his wife of over 59 years. He and Carolyn (Nuzum) were high school sweethearts, married Aug 4, 1957, at the Christian Church in St. Charles, Iowa. Larry also is survived by his daughter, Kim Rakes (Phil) and his grandson, Taylor Dylan Rakes, all of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Also surviving are two brothers, Ronald Taylor (Vigdis) of Kansas City, Missouri, Mark Taylor of Pargue, Oklahoma; nephews Adalstein Taylor of Forest City, Iowa, Tyson Taylor of Lawson, Missouri, Travis Taylor of Lawson and Trever Taylor of Shawnee, Oklahoma; and two nieces, Kristin Taylor of Forest City and Lori Winter (Mark) of Sonoma, California.
He was preceded in death by his son, Barton Larry Taylor, sister Linda Powell; and parents, Edith Marian Taylor and Wesley Newell Taylor.
Larry was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 22, 1937. He grew up on his parents’ farm near St. Marys, Iowa, learning how to do a hard day’s work at an early age. Upon graduation from St. Marys High School, Larry was immediately drawn to construction and heavy equipment. He worked for Hennessey Brothers Construction and Wm. R. Hennessey for 45 years. He was referred to as a ‘Dirt Artist’ for his natural ability to successfully complete each project; expanding his duties as time passed. Their final project together was building Squaw Creek Village in Marion.
Retiring at age 65, Larry was the epitome of one who enjoyed his retirement years. He and Carolyn were active in a ballroom dance group for five years. They were also involved in the statewide Project AWARE watershed effort for five years. His retirement was blessed by his only grandson being born in the same year. They were inseparable anytime he was visiting.
Living on Coralville Lake was heaven to Larry. Waiting outside his door were activities ranging from hunting and fishing to water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, bicycle trails, his garden and declaring that he had “the best neighbors” in the world. That feeling was mutually shared. From wood cutting to gardening, a neighborhood hog roast, being Merlin the Magician for a party or just filling a child’s bike tire with air, Larry was the ‘go-to’ guy who got it done.
Larry was a member of the New Song Episcopal Church in Coralville.
Larry donated regularly to the Salvation Army in Iowa City, noting that it lacks a big overhead, yet does a lot with what it receives. The family would welcome any memorial donations be directed there.