A photo of MSGT Roy W. Taylor, USAF Ret.

MSGT Roy W. Taylor, USAF Ret.

Born January 24, 1931

Roy W. Taylor, age 86, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Born in Graceton, PA on January 24, 1931 to the late Harry and Nellie (Alsop) Taylor, Roy was one of eight children. At the start of the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served for the next 20 years. He said he joined the USAF because he loved the smart blue uniform. Roy traveled all around the United States, lived in Germany for several years, and retired after serving in Vietnam. He then worked for the USPS in Southeastern, PA for 23 years, where he met his adoring wife, Elaine. Like twins, you rarely saw Roy without Elaine or vice versa. They treasured their life together with unrelenting warmth. A handsome and charming gentleman, Roy loved all the ladies and was known as the world’s best hugger.

He enjoyed jogging, golfing, and hunting, but he put aside his hobbies to dedicate himself to serving the Lord in many capacities at Union United Methodist Church in Bear, where he was a member. Roy volunteered for years at the Union Church Food Closet providing nourishing food to those less fortunate. He loved the work and people, often saying, Jesus told me to feed the poor and that’s what I am doing.

In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald and Richard. He will meet again Above with his siblings, Boise, Bob, Dave, Jane, Ruth and youngest brother, Floyd. Roy is survived by his brother, Rev. Vaughn Taylor of Indiana, PA.

Roy’s favorite thing in life were family gatherings. He loved his daughter, Susan Padilla Moore and her husband Doug and grandsons, Zachary (son Julian) and Tyler (Jamie and Baby Kenzie) with whom he loved playing dice. He enjoyed every moment spent with his son, Michael Padilla and his wife, Mary and grandchildren, Michael, Lindsey, and Kelsey. Roy’s wife and family were the joys of his life and he was adored by all. He loved his family, children, dogs, Old Spice after shave and Life Savers mints.

Roy is also survived by his daughter, Susan Brower (Harry); son, T. Robert (Teresa); 7 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed visits from his grandson, Travis Brower (Carrie) and their three little girls and granddaughter, Jessica Sammataro (Mike) and their children.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Roy’s memory may be sent to Union United Methodist Church, 345 School Bell Rd, Bear, DE 19701.

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19 Condolences for MSGT Roy W. Taylor, USAF Ret.

  • rest in peace my good buddy and neighbor. so fortunate to have known you !
    and to you, elaine, the best caregiver ,,,ever… all my love and peace to you.
    love you, deb and steve

  • Words are at a loss at this time. We will always remember how much Roy loved to help at the Food Closet, mostly the little children that he held back candy and cookies to give them when they came with their parents. He will be remembered on July 4th as he carried the American Flag wearing his uniform in the Church Service. We will all miss your hugs!
    Love you Roy!
    Nelson and Deli

  • My deepest sympathy to a great man and his family, may he rest in paradise.

  • God needed another Angel and he chose buggy bear. A wonderful man. Much loved by all. I will miss you. Love

  • Dear, sweet Elaine. I have so loved watching you and Uncle Roy over the years. Such joy and happiness. You are in my prayers. Love you so much!

  • You will be deeply missed by all!!! Have fun up there with Bill!!!!

  • Rest in peace, Roy. The world is a poorer place without you. Thank you for being a wonderful friend to all of us. Love, Donna, Eric & Leanna Carroll

  • Elaine, i am deeply saddened by the news of Roy, i send my heartfelt smpathies to you and the family. Although ive only known you both for a short time (10) years, i truly feel like ive known u my whole life… You two are truly wonderful people… im will keep u inmythoughts and prayers. I love you, and God Bless You..

  • Rest in peace, mission accomplished.
    Richard M. Lecuona, Satellite Beach, FL

  • Please accept my deepest condolences and may you find comfort from the “God of all comfort” during this time. – 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • Our sympathy to all of the family in the loss of your loved one. Prayers and Hugs.

  • Dearest Elaine:

    I know we haven’t kept in touch, but when I heard the news about Roy, I was very saddened to hear such horrible news. You and your family have always been in my heart, and even though your heart has been broken, you and your family certainly added so much joy to Roy’s life!

    Please know that you, Roy and your family are in my prayers for lots of healing. Love U Lots!!!

  • I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family. During this difficult time, God is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit He saves. Psalms 34:18

  • I will miss Roy and his hugs at the food closet he was always nice to me loved him and Elaine they were always there for my mom and my family. Thank you Elaine

  • You’re in our thoughts and prayers, dear friend Elaine and family. Roy did look smart carrying the flag at church.

  • Roy did not do God’s work, Roy was God’s work. Always a gentlemen, respectful, kind, caring, pleasant, dignified, classy. I could go on and with these words, but to know him was a true privilege and joy.
    He to our office for us to make him feel better, however we felt better after seeing Roy and Elaine.
    Roy was a GOOD Man a simple word, however a huge attribute. The world needs more GOOD men!
    I know he is resting in peace, in Lords the arms, for if he is not God help the rest of us!
    I enjoyed knowing you, and your memory will always be in my heart and mind!
    Respectfully,
    Dr. James Fierro

  • It was a pleasure to be part of the SEPA maintenance family and to work with Roy for manny years. He made every day fun with his gregarious personality. Elaine you have my deepest sympathy and I am praying for you and your family

  • Elaine,
    While I haven’t seen you in many years, you two were some of my fondest memories of Union United Methodist Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. I have no doubt that Roy is rejoicing with our Lord and Savior!

  • I wish we had been made aware of your condition and death so we could have said good bye. You were so loved and were an amazing dad in your youth. Your obit leaves out so much about your incredible early history. I think of my childhood with you so often. I am proud to be Vivian’s and your daughter and the family we shared.