Wilbur A. Taylor, 85, dental technician, pastor

May 06, 2004

Wilbur A. Taylor, a retired dental technician and United Methodist Church pastor, died of heart failure Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Northwood resident was 85.

Mr. Taylor was born and raised in Hampden and attended City College for a year before leaving to help support his family. He worked in the cotton mills of Woodberry in the Jones Falls Valley and for Co-Operative Laboratories as a dental technician before being drafted into the Army in 1941.

He served with Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army and participated in the Battle of the Bulge and invasion of Germany.

Mr. Taylor returned to his former job in 1945, specializing in making bridgework. In 1981, he joined Aronovitch Dental Laboratory in Baltimore, where he worked until retiring in 1984.

A lifelong Methodist, Mr. Taylor, who was not ordained, had served as pastor of Stablers and Parkton United Methodist churches for 12 years. He was a member and pastor of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, also in Parkton, from 1976 until his retirement in 1987.

Mr. Taylor was a former president of the Loch Raven Improvement Association and a member of the Parkville American Legion post.

He enjoyed painting miniature figures, animals and Nativity scenes.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary in New Freedom, Pa.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Rae L. Parrish; a son, Ronald L. Taylor of Ely, Nev.; a daughter, Faye L. Boynton of Medford, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

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