John Martin Taylor, 73, passed away Monday, July 25 following a long illness. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who died comfortably resting in his home in Hebron, Kentucky surrounded by family.
A native of Ashland, Kentucky, John graduated from Paul G. Blazer High School in 1966 and Morehead State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Logistics. He also received a post-graduate degree in logistics from Henry Ford College.
John worked in corporate logistics with Kroger for over 40 years and continued his passion for logistics following his retirement in 2013 with a consulting firm he ran out of his home. Throughout his career, he made time to teach logistics at Florida International University and Purdue University, Fort Wayne. He was a member of the business boards at Morehead State University and Cleveland State University and was published in numerous field-related publications, including a paper that was written for the American Society of Transportation & Logistics.
In his spare time, John remained active within his community. He was a member of the Optimist Club, in which he attained the position of District Governor for Northern Indiana from 1994-1995. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta social fraternity, Delta Nu Alpha logistics fraternity, and the Elks lodge. He was also the president of the Bluffton Baseball League in Bluffton, Indiana and a member of the Bluffton Park Board. He was an avid golfer, a game which he pursued from college until well into his retirement. John was known for sending loved ones his mother’s snack mix and making peanut butter fudge every year. He also looked forward to spending time with his grandchildren every holiday, each of whom have a special quilt he made for them to remember him by.
John is survived by his loving wife Linda Mynhier Taylor, with whom he recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. They had 3 children together: Matthew Taylor, who lives with wife Amber Miller Taylor in Acworth, Georgia; Adam Taylor, who lives with wife Jennifer LaCroix Taylor in Signal Mountain, Tennessee; and Erica Taylor Pierce, who lives in Ashland, Kentucky with husband Jeremy Pierce. John and Linda also have 7 grandchildren who were the center of their attention and affection: Dylan Pierce, Garrett Taylor, Violet Taylor, Caitlyn Pierce, Elizabeth Pierce, Lauren Taylor, and William Pierce.
John will be missed by his 3 sisters—Donna, who lives with husband Richard Huber in Maysville; Jan, who lives with husband Ralph Angelucci in Cape Coral, Florida; and Dr. Nancy Taylor, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky—as well as his sister-in-law Connie Mynhier of Russell, Kentucky, and brother-in-law Bill Mynhier of Pikeville, North Carolina.
John was preceded in death by his father, James Taylor, and his mother, Virginia Thomas Taylor, as well as his brother-in-law Bob Mynhier.
A private service will be held for John’s family at STEEN FUNERAL HOME 13TH STREET CHAPEL with entombment to follow in Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum.. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, Kentucky, which aided in making John's final days more comfortable. Donations can be made at https://stelizabeth.com/community-outreach/foundation/donate.
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