John H. "Duff" TAYLOR

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John H. "Duff" Taylor, 76, of Port Royal, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 1996, at Locust Grove Retirement Village, HC 67, Mifflin.

Born November 24, 1919 in Port Royal, he was a son of the late Wilbur C. and Frances [Miller] Taylor.

His wife, V. Jean [Thompson] Taylor, died June 16, 1985.

Surviving are: children, Michael H. Taylor, Tucson, AZ and Robert J. Taylor, Oil City, and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Marian T. Rice, Ketha T. Line and Helene Priest.

He retired as Port Royal postmaster and was a 1937 graduate of Port Royal High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Europe with the 106th Infantry Division and was taken prisoner by the Germans in the "Battle of the Bulge."

He was a member of Port Royal Lutheran Church, American Legion Post No. 298, Mifflintown, and Port Royal Lions Club.

Services were held Friday at Port Royal Lutheran Church, with Rev. Claude Baublitz officiating.

Interment was in Old Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal. Rex Funeral Home, Port Royal, was in charge of arrangements. Graveside military services were conducted by the Juniata, County Veterans Council.

Memorial contributions may be made to Port Royal Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 267, Port Royal, PA 17082.


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Contributed by rkohler3 on 2/6/13 - Image Year: 1944
Sgt. John Taylor in his Army uniform during World War II. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)
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John Taylor after he was released as a prisoner of war. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)
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COUSINS WITH GRANDMOTHER: John "Duff" Taylor (l) and cousin William "Bill" Weimer (r) pose with their grandmother Rachel Jane Packard Taylor Saylor. Both Duff and Bill were prisoners of was during World War II. The Taylor and Weimer houses faced each other from opposite sides of Market Street in Port Royal. (Photo submitted by Wayne Taylor)
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DAIRY DELIVERY VAN John "Duff" Taylor is driving the delivery van while he owned the Port Royal Dairy. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Taylor)
Contributed by ray on 2/6/13 - Image Year: 1990
FIFTY YEARS LATER: Fifty Years after his confinement in a Nazi Prison Camp, John Taylor holds a makeshift calendar on which he crossed off 102 days of confinement.

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