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|Taylor, John William||fs 1945|
D.O.D 06/14/2013 - John William Taylor, of Enid, was born October 26, 1927, in Enid, and was the only child of William and Nellie Ratcliff Taylor.
After graduating from Enid High School in 1944, at the age of 16, he briefly attended Phillips University in 1945.
Shortly thereafter, John enlisted in the Air Force because of his lifelong love of flying. He served as a staff sergeant in Guam.
Prior to his deployment, he met and started courting his future wife, Sue Hackleman of Stillwater, after meeting at the swimming pool in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. They married six years later on June 5, 1950, in Stillwater. After being discharged, John attended Oklahoma A&M until he returned to Enid to help run the Enid Publishing Co., where he served as president and owner until 1989. He also was owner of KCRC-KNID radio stations and Enid Two-Way.
John was an active member of First United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of trustees, was former president of the YMCA and the Enid Chamber of Commerce, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of OSU, as well as serving on the OSU Board of Governors.
Because of his close connections to Oklahoma State, he was a diehard Cowboys fan and an avid supporter of all things Cowboy. In fact, he was even known to fly Coach Stanley on recruiting visits. Later, John and Sue made a donation, which allowed Oklahoma State to create and furnish the formal dining room at the College of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, as well as helping in the creation of the Karsten Creek Golf Club.
John had a deep love for La Veta, Colorado, and spent many family trips enjoying hunting, fishing, ranching and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughter, Kathryn Upchurch; son, Tom; son, Steve; and daughter, Susan Mayberry. He died June 14, 2013.