Glenn Allan Taylor, 87, of Navarre, Ohio, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of October 16, 2022. Glenn was born on December 6, 1934, in Akron, OH, to Max L.Taylor and Ruby L. (Dawson) Taylor. He graduated from Ellet High School in 1952 and attended the University of Akron, Otterbein College, Moody Bible Institute, and Malone University. In 1992 Glenn graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
Glenn lived in the Akron area for the majority of his life. He worked for 27 years as a cost accountant at both Mohawk Rubber Company and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In 1980, Glenn, Kathe, and their four children were called to the mission field where they ministered in Athens, Greece. Upon returning to the Akron area, Glenn served as the pastor of Sawyerwood United Methodist Church in Springfield Township for 15 years. He retired to Navarre, OH, where he resided until his passing, with his wife Kathe and his loyal canine companion Teddy.
Throughout his life Glenn loved taking yearly fishing trips to Fraser Lake in Canada with his family. He enjoyed playing basketball and church league softball, where he pitched and played shortstop. His love of music also played a huge role in his life. Glenn was a drummer, sang bass in the church choir, and helped lead a majorette and drum corps in the Akron area.
However, his true passion throughout his life was ministering to people. He led weekly Bible studies with friends and missionaries and continued to lead others in the study of God’s Word at Sawyerwood United Methodist Church, a congregation he loved dearly.
Glenn married the love of his life Kathe in 1966, and they celebrated 56 years of marriage during which they were truly a team in both ministry and life. Glenn was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother Jack Taylor. In addition to his wife, he is lovingly survived by his children Daniel Taylor, David Taylor, Shari (Jon) Stuckey, Heath (Katie) Taylor, Heather (Richard) Griffith, and Derek (Julie) Taylor. He is survived by grandchildren Ashleigh (Cam) Gilmore, Taylor (Justin) Bradley, Jairus Taylor, Caleb (Leah) Griffith, Kelsey Taylor, Blake Stuckey, Nolan Taylor, and Elan Taylor. He has one great-grandson Declan Gilmore and a great-granddaughter who will be born in early 2023. He is also survived by niece Marilyn Taylor and nephew Stephen Taylor.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Sawyerwood United Methodist Church, 956 Mohawk Trail, Akron, OH, 44312. A visitation and luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in honor of Glenn to Sawyerwood United Methodist Church where contributions will be used to serve the people in the local community.
Mark and Jodi Benedict says
Our sincerest sympathies in the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. With love, Mark and Jodi
Malone University says
Lifting up the entire family as you celebrate Glenn’s life and legacy
Nancy Kostko says
We are so sorry to hear this. We had the privilege of helping Glen with his Greece ministry in a small way while at Park United Methodist church. We will be keeping Kathe and family in prayer during the days ahead.
Joe & Nancy Kostko
Linda Somerville says
Dear Kathie, I was sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing and remember our conversations fondly. I am especially grateful to Glenn for cautioning me about one individual among so many who often came asking while I was at Park UMC. So thankful for his faithfulness and example. Praying for you and your family. Blessings, Linda Somerville
Sandra Stout says
Sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing, but praise God will not be a final farewell. Wishe we kept im touch more often. Love to Kathe and the kids.
Fred &Sylvia Murray says
Dear Kathe, So sorry of the passing of Glenn.We will always have fond memories 0f you and Glenn and the days I had the honor and privilege to be on your bowling team.God bless you and your family.Fred &Sylvia Murray
Jeff and Kim Porrini says
Kathe and Family, Jeff and I have truly been blessed getting to know you and Glenn over the 12 years we lived in Navarre Village. As I read Glenn’s celebration of life tears came pouring out, so much in common with my Dad and our family. He leaves a beautitul family, for now, that you have shared pictures of and stories. I did meet two of your beautiful daughters! What a reunion it will be when our Lord comes to take His people home!!
Jerry Hall says
Dear Kathe, Lena and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be Praying for you and the family through this Transition, time of Grieving. God is good and will sustain you through this time. Our Love and prayers for you all.
In His Love and Grace, Jerry and Lena