Richard P. “Dick” Taylor

Richard P. “Dick” Taylor

Richard Peter “Dick” Taylor, joined the Eternal Tailgate Party on April 22, 2012. He work born to Paul and Joan (Derks) Taylor on January 31, 1941, in La Crosse. Dick grew up in Badger Village near Baraboo. Lettering in football, Dick also played on Madison East’s first hockey team before graduating in 1958. He graduated from St. Norbert’s College with a degree in Business Administration in 1963. Captain Taylor served his country for over 19 years in the Army and the Kansas National Guard. Dick worked several positions at Oscar Mayer, TWA, and capped off his career as a salesman for 23 years at UW Provisions in Middleton.

Dick is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughter, Dr. Amy Michalski of San Diego, Calif.; his son, Paul (Debbie) Taylor of Port St. Lucie, Fla; grandchildren, Nathan and Ryan Michalski, Crystelle and Larenne Taylor; two step-sons, Randall (Karen) Kleinfeldt and Tony (Carol) Kleinfeldt; step-grandchildren, Matthew, Brianna, Mackenzie, and Jaret. He is also survived by his older brother, Thomas (Elizabeth) Taylor of Lakeland, Fla; a much younger sister, Mary (Rob Johnson) Taylor of Minocqua; a younger brother, Timothy (Kathy Martin) Taylor, of Madison; nieces and nephews, Jim, Mike, and Mark Taylor, Elizabeth and Peter Johnson, Johanna and Kaity Taylor. He is further survived by his mother-in-law, Lennice Roesch; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack (Linda) Roesch, Janis (Chuck) Yoose, Gary (Gale) Roesch, Dennis (Jane) Roesch, and Alan Roesch; and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents; a brother, James Taylor; and his father-in-law, Robert Roesch.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Avenue. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial to the University of Wisconsin Women’s Crew team.

Dick’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Agrace HospiceCare, Inc., and to the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospice for their hard work and compassion during his final days.