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Howard J. Taylor
Howard J. Taylor

 

Howard J. Taylor

Jan 10, 1933 - Sep 19, 2017

Howard J. Taylor, 84, of Great Falls, passed away September 19, 2017.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Howard was born on January 10, 1933 in Stanford, Montana to Howard F. and Ethel (Svejkovsky) Taylor. He graduated from Fort Benton High School in 1952. He went on to attend the University of Wyoming where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1957. He completed his Master’s Degree of Education in 1964 at Colorado State College. He taught in Shoshone, Wyoming for 1 year and then moved to Great Falls where he taught for 30 years. He was a member of the teaching staff at the old Paris Gibson Junior High School before teaching at Charles M. Russell High School (CMR). He was one of the original faculty members when CMR first opened. He was an Industrial Arts teacher and a wrestling coach at CMR where they won the first state championship trophy in CMR history. This was the 1971 wrestling team, with this he personally won the “Montana Coach of the Year” award for wrestling. He earned his airplane pilot license shortly after retirement and spent his time helping out at the Civil Air Patrol.

He married Artha Eustance in 1953, after he graduated from high school. They were married for 64 years and had three sons.

Many summers were spent at Seeley Lake boating with the family. He loved skiing, fishing, and hunting. During the winter months he and Artha traveled to Arizona.

Howard was a member of the Great Falls Carving Club, lifetime Elks Lodge member, Montana Pilots Association member, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

He is survived by his wife, Artha Taylor of Great Falls; sons James (Chris) Taylor of Arlee, Michael (Laura) and Dale Taylor both of Great Falls; brothers Leroy (Anna) and Earl (Star) Taylor both of Fort Benton; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lenora Marie Taylor and daughter-in-law Teri Renee Taylor.

Memorials in Howard’s name may be made to Peace Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Public Guest Book

Sep 20th
Greg Clement
Howard had a profound effect on my career as an educator. He mentored me through student teaching and into several job opportunities. I always appreciated his quick smile and gentle humor. His presence may be gone but certainly will not be forgotten.
Sep 20th
Jeff & Julie Forbes
Jim, Chris, Brando & the entire Taylor family, we are keeping you in our thoughts & prayers. Jeff has the utmost respect for Mr Taylor & has said numerous times what an influential teacher he was to him. We hope the memories will provide some comfort. Your Jefferson City friends
Sep 20th
Phil and Lonnie Eve
We're so sorry to hear this. Our condolences to all of you! We are praying.
Sep 21st
Randy Remsenj
Howard was a second father to me. He invited me on him family vacations in the summer. He helped me with home repairs. He was always there to help me. Thank you Howard, I will always remember you.
Sep 21st
Priscilla
I was blessed over 15 years ago to meet Howard and to be welcomed into his family. Howard was one of the most caring, loving, and generous people I knew. He always attended family functions and told great stories. He loved his family very much and showed it in many ways. He is no longer suffering and that is what is important. RIP Howard, you will be greatly missed and never forgotten! With love, Priscilla!
Sep 21st
George& Vi Bentley
We will greatly miss Howard this winter at their Arizona home. He was truly a great friend and neighbor and will missed by all. God bless you and your family.

George & Vi
Sep 22nd
doug palmer
Howard was an excellent teacher and coach, respected by all in the profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with Artha, Dale, and the entire Taylor family.
Sep 22nd
doug palmer
Howard was an excellent teacher and coach, respected by all in the profession. Our thoughts and prayers are with Artha, Dale, and the entire Taylor family.
Sep 22nd
Leslie Peterson Hagenlock
Artha & Dale,

Howard was such a great teacher and I know my dad enjoyed working with him and all the shop teachers at CMR. The "shop" bbq's were always fun and a perk of being a teacher's kid (until we were forced to go when we were older...painful haha). Such a special man and so approachable. I feel your sadness. Leslie Peterson Hagenlock
Sep 23rd
Jim Cunningham
My prayers and condolences go out to the Taylor family. I was blessed to have Mr. Taylor as my wood shop teacher 36 yrs ago. he was a great mentor and inspired me to be the best I could be as an industrial arts student and shop aid, I use most of the skills he taught on a daily basis. When I would come back home to visit thru out the years I would sometimes run into him or my mom (Aurelia) would see him at the retirees dinner and he would always ask how I was doing as if i were closer to him than a student. He is a great man and I will always remember him and the skills he taught me. Jim Cunningham
Sep 23rd
John C. Board
Howard was a good man, a great colleague, a man of sound principles, and a trustful allly. Howard was gentle in his being, but he was one for whom the adage, "Still water runs deep," applied. His life was one of service to others, and his legacy affects all who knew him and even thse who did not. God less his sou, and my God grant peace to his family.
Sep 26th
Jerry Olson
Howard and the Taylor family were very close to our family. My Dad and Howard were close friends. I grew up in the same neighborhood and played a lot of games with Dale and others. Howard was always smiling and giving good advice. I will miss his laugh and the warmth he brought to a conversation. Thank you for all you've done for me and my family.

 


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