Wallace (Wally) Kerry Taylor, 94, of Manhattan passed from this life on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at his home surrounded by loving family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed.
Wallace was born in Glen Elder, Kansas on January 13, 1925 to James Taylor and Mabel (Amis) Taylor. He was their fifth child born 17 years after sister, Barbara (George) Merker, who was like a second mother to him. Other siblings include 2 older brothers, John Robert Taylor and James Richard Taylor and an older sister, Georgia Taylor Bates.
After graduating from Glen Elder High School Wallace joined the U.S. Army Air Corps
and served his country during WW II as a B-17 Toggelier on 30 missions over Germany.
After the war, Wallace returned home to his high school sweetheart, Maxine Louise German. They were united in marriage on June 2, 1946 and were happily married for 58 years. Maxine passed away on March 13, 2004. She was the love of his life.
The newlyweds moved to Manhattan where Wallace attended Kansas State University earning a B.S. and M.S. of Physical Science - Geology. He worked for the State Of Kansas Highway Department as a Regional Geologist his entire 41 year career.
Wallace is survived by his 4 children, Mitchell (Janet) Taylor, Thunder Bay, Canada, Marsha (Chuck) McCarthy, Manhattan, KS, J. Vance (Brenda) Taylor, Grand Forks, ND, and Traci Taylor, Manhattan, KS. His 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren brought him immense joy. Grandchildren are Justin McCarthy, Tierra McCarthy (Dimond), Payton Taylor, Brittney (Jacob) Wynne, Derek (Carly) Taylor, Jesse Mollner and Sarah (Dwayne) Embrey. Great grandchildren are Blake Dimond, Brylie Dimond, Taylor McCarthy, Brace McCarthy, Justin Embrey, Sonja Embrey, Rian Embrey, and Tyler Mollner. Wallace is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Wallace is also survived by his little lapdog, Oscar, who was his constant companion for over 14 years.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Glenwood Cemetery, Glen Elder Kansas. Carlson’s Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation were entrusted with arrangements. Please see www.irvinparkview.com for full obituary.