OLYMPIA, Wash.—John Edwin Taylor died at his home in Olympia, Wash. on April 11, 2018, from a terminal illness. He was born Oct. 28, 1936, in Portage, Wis., the youngest of three sons, to Jesse and Alice (Settergren) Taylor. After graduating high school, John served five years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He earned an associate Business degree, and after studying at UW-Madison, he met his lifelong love, Barbara Josephine Tresp. They were married on June 5, 1965.
John owned and operated the Women’s Exchange Bakery from 1965-1985, a Madison East Side favorite. He frequently employed those that were down on their luck, and he had empathy for others. His strong Christian faith led him to pursue a new path, and at the age of 52, he returned to school and earned a Mortuary Science degree. He was a funeral director at the Fitch-Lawrence-Sanfillipo Funeral Home until his retirement. John had a quirky sense of humor and shared his enjoyment of music with family and friends. Days before his passing, his wife was playing piano and he accompanied her on drums.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; their children, Scott (Kristine Boyden), Laura, Josh and Jason; extended family; and his beloved grandson, Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dean (Iva) and Fitch (Ruth) Taylor.
A small private service will be held in Olympia, Wash. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olympia High School’s Orchestra program.