Willie Jake Taylor, 73, of Brownstown, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at I.U. Health, Bloomington.
He was a member of the Freetown Pentecostal Church. He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 5, 1964, to Feb.4, 1970. He retired from Cummins Inc. on Sept. 1, 2002, after 40 years of employment. He was a member of Jackson County Sheriffs Posse, Indiana Wagon Train Association, Reddington Rear Wheelers Tractor Club and was also a Freetown Fourth of July Festival committee member.
Born Oct. 2, 1940, in Jackson County, he was the son of Lewey and Ophia Deckard Taylor, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Joann Sipes on July 28, 1967, in Norman. She survives. Also surviving are two sisters, Susie (Ted) Beauchamp of Freetown and Marilyn Taylor of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews, whom he dearly loved.
He loved his constant companion, his dog “Tess,” and will miss his horses, “Bob” and “Bo.”
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth Taylor.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Spurgeon Funeral Home Inc., Brownstown, with Pastors Tim Brown and Tom Collett officiating. Burial will be at Valley Home Old Regular Baptist Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets 7.
Friends may call 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice of charity.