Fr. Robert H. Taylor, age 81, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Thursday, May 10, 2012, at his home. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with parish prayers at 4:15 Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian. Visitation also from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Adrian Catholic Church, officiated by the Very Reverend Richard Colletti, Vicar General of the Diocese of Winona along with concelebrating Priests of the Diocese. Burial will be in the St. Adrian Cemetery. To view an online obituary or sign a virtual register book, please visit www.dingmannandsons.com
He was born June 13, 1930, in rural Nobles County, to Bryan and Carolyn (Krapfl) Taylor. He graduated Valedictorian from St. Adrian Catholic High School in 1948. Father Taylor then graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1953 from St. Mary’s College in Winona. He completed his studies for the Priesthood in Rome. Father Taylor was ordained on December 16, 1956 in Rome. His first assignment was as Assistant Pastor at St. John the Evangelist, Rochester, in the summer of 1957 for three years. His other assignments over the years included Assistant Pastor at St. Stanislaus, Winona and instructor at Cotter High School for one year; instructor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary for three years; administrator at Holy Cross Parish, Dakota for six years; pastor at Holy Cross, Dakota and Precious Blood, LaMoille for five years; pastor, St. Pius, Rochester for twelve years; pastor at St. Mary, Madelia for six years; pastor at Holy Family, Lake Crystal, and St. Katherine, Truman; pastor, St. Leo, Pipestone and St. Martin, Woodstock for four years. In 1995, Father Taylor resigned from the active ministry and has lived in Sioux Falls the past 16 years. Since being relieved of his pastoral responsibilities, Father has worked with recently released prisoners in the process of rehabilitation. These past years, he has also worked within the Hispanic community and ministered to the homeless and the poor.
Fr. Taylor is survived by his seven siblings, Jerry (Lucille) Taylor, Luverne; Sister Brian Taylor, Assisi Heights in Rochester; Jim (Joan) Taylor, Adrian; Carroll Taylor, Hopkins; Bill (Dee) Taylor, Worthington; Bryan Jr. (Mary Ann) Taylor, Mason City, Iowa; and Gene (Marva) Taylor, Adrian; sister-in-law, Evelyn Taylor, Worthington; and forty nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lloyd Paul in 1998; and Earl in 1999; nephew, John in 1995; and two sisters-in-law, Bev in 2012; and Lorraine in 2001.