American Veteran 08

Dick Taggart

April 7, 1924 ~ July 1, 2019 (age 95)


R. H. ‘Dick’ Taggart, age 95, formerly of Hays, Kansas passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell, KS.  Dick was born on a farm near Olpe, Kansas to Logan Coyd and Dessie Almira (Oakley) Taggart on April 7, 1924.  The family moved to Wichita, KS in 1935 where he attended public schools.  He served three years in WWII as a Radar Technician with the 310th Bomb Group 57th Wing 12th Air Force of the United States Army Air Corps in Europe.

He obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering after attending WSU and K-State and moved to Hays, KS in 1950 to work for the Central Kansas Power Company until his retirement in 1986.  He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Hays Masonic Lodge #195 A.F. and A.M., the United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Hays Optimist Club.  He was active in community programs for the Boy Scouts of America, youth baseball, and softball.  His hobbies were golfing, fishing, hunting and woodworking.

He married Margaret Louise Parham on December 27, 1946.  They later divorced.  Together they had four children.  He later married Esther Jane Owen on November 22, 1967, with four children.

Dick is survived by four sons: Thomas (Janet) Taggart, Bunker Hill, KS; R. Bruce (Germaine) Taggart, Hays, KS; Lonnie R. (Annie) Hill, Kipp, KS; William P. Hill, Tallahassee, FL; four daughters: Connie S. Taggart, Shawnee Mission, KS; Phyllis L. (Steve) Shipley, Gladstone, MO; Tamara K. (Joseph) Vega, Pueblo, CO; and Theresa F. Hill (Ty Rupp), Ellis, KS.  Fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Esther, and brothers: D. Coyd, Dale L. and William A. Taggart.

Memorial services will be 10 AM on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.  Inurnment with Military Honors provided by Hays VFW Post No.: 9076 will follow the services in the Fort Hays Memorial Gardens, Hays, KS.

Memorials are suggested to the Hays Community Assistance Center.

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Memorial Service
August 3, 2019

10:00 AM
Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel
2509 Vine
Hays, KS 67601

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