Leroy W. Taylor passed away at a local care facility in Brookings on March 27, 2012, following a lengthy illness. He was 76.
Leroy was born June 27, 1935, in Cottage Grove, to Floyd and Clarice (Coltrane) Taylor.
He later moved to the Rogue Valley where he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad out of their Ashland depot until its closing.
While in Ashland, Leroy married Roberta Bradford in May of 1967. They moved to Brookings shortly after that, where Leroy pursued his real passion: fishing. Leroy owned four boats over the course of his career: "Busy Bee," "Bobbi Lee," "Anita" and "Eileen." He also enjoyed hunting, especially elk in Eastern Oregon.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie, of Brookings; sons Lawrence Taylor of Portland and Don Taylor of Brookings; daughter Deena of Coos Bay, and Tamara Kittredge of Vashon Island, Wash.; stepsons Dino Banco of Joshua Tree, Calif., Tony Banco of Brookings, Loren Banco of New Jersey; five grandchildren, including Levi Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Leroy's name to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136 or Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
At his request, no ceremony will be held.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net