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Hixson Welsh

412 East South Street, Welsh, LA

OBITUARY

Ronald Dale Taylor

October 18, 1946February 3, 2020
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Ronald Dale Taylor, 73 of Welsh completed his flight home on Monday, February 3, 2020.

He was born on October 18, 1946 to Robert and Helen Taylor in Jennings, LA. His family's deep rooted love of agriculture paved the way to his life long career of flying. Growing up he spent many days with his grandfather on the family farm, leading to the sight of his first love-a cropduster. At the age of 14 he and his cousin, Biff fearlessly hopped aboard his grandfathers Luscombe Tail Dragger, flying it successfully about a mile away to his Aunt Bell's house; a buzzing she would never forget.

He was a graduate of Welsh High School, Class of 1964, after graduation he obtained his Commercial Pilot License. Many of his days he spent in the air viewing the beautiful skylines and rice fields. He was a pioneer with many organizations, teaching safety to other pilots. He was a member of National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), President of NAAREF, and a PAASS Presenter.

He was welcomed into heaven by his parents and his aunt Rena Belle Monceaux.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Kent Taylor, Laura (Zeb) Hawkins, Stuart (Jessica) Taylor, a sister Carol (David) Fraser, grandchildren; Reece, Audrey, Annaleigh, Ada, Kynlee, and Slade; a niece Julia Fraser Harris and a nephew Andrew Lee Fraser.

The family will welcome friends at First Baptist Church of Welsh on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 beginning at 4pm until 8pm. Visitation will resume Wednesday at 8am until time of service. Funeral Services will be Officiated by Rev. Ricky Treece, beginning at 10am. He will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery.

The family extends many thanks to Golden Age of Welsh, Harbor Hospice and Heart of Hospice for their diligent care. Also a special thanks to his dear friends; Phil Stokes, Bill Sinke, and Bill Caraway.

You are invited to share a memory or give condolences to the Taylor family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

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  • Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Kent Taylor, Laura (Zeb) Hawkins, Stuart (Jessica) Taylor, a sister Carol (David) Fraser, grandchildren; Reece, Audrey, Annaleigh, Ada, Kynlee, and Slade; a niece Julia Fraser Harris and a nephew Andrew Lee Fraser.


    He was welcomed into heaven by his parents and his aunt Rena Belle Monceaux.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Visitation Resumes Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Memories

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Anne Hainebach Davidoff

February 6, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. My memories of the Taylor family and Ronnie are fond. Ronnie grew up in a wonderful idyllic country town, following his dream career path. That is a life lived full of richness. May his memory be a blessing.
Anne Hainebach Davidoff

Thomas Harkin

February 6, 2020


Our condolences to the family of Ronnie Taylor on this tragic loss.

I met Ronnie while participating in activities associated with the NAAA. As a newcomer, he welcomed me to the organization and always looked out for me, inviting me to participate with him, and often, his family, in many events.

He was a good friend and mentor; he will be missed.

Earl Shipp

February 4, 2020

Prayers to the family. Don’t know any of you guys, but Ronnie and I had quite a few interesting adventures back when we were still trying to “grow up”. Actually went with him to Houston to pick up that red Jag. Lots of stories, but just wanted to say how sorry I am that he’s gone. Rest In Peace my friend! Earl Shipp

Susan McCown

February 4, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. What a sweet guy and fellow classmate. Prayers to his loving family.

Mary Rhodes Walters

February 4, 2020

There are several memories I have of Ronnie when we were teens. One is he was always cutting up at church especially in our classes. Mrs. Taylor was always telling him to behave. Another was singing in a quartet with him - the only time I ever sang in one at church or anywhere else for that matter - he was great as usual - I was scared. Ronnie really had a great God given voice and it was always good when he sang. Another memory was when he had a light blue motor scooter that he rode all over Welsh and how much I wanted to ride it. Finally one evening he asked me if I wanted a ride - you bet I took it even though my parents had forbidden me to since Ronnie had a habit of speeding around "burning rubber" with it! He was always fun to be around and no dull moments!!

Gaylon Stamps

February 4, 2020

I met Ronnie as a PAASS presenter when he presented in Texas. In 2006 I joined him and the others as a presenter. Ronnie taught me (by example) the importance of connecting with the crowd to communicate and he did it with a smile, a positive attitude and always, with a word of encouragement.
He teased me about being tall. I teased him about being short. Once in Coeur D’Alene, ID we had a photo made. I had him stand on a rock to be even with me. We loved showing the cropped picture but shared a laugh even more when we posted the pic zoomed out to reveal the truth!
RIP, R.T. Thanks for marking this world a better place while you were here, and for creating a legacy which/who will continue to make it better.
Tail Winds my friend.

Barbara Mallet

February 4, 2020

Ronnie's singing voice was awesome . I will always remember his rendition of Old Man River. Ronnie was always a good friend to me .

Dwayne Johnson

February 4, 2020

The Taylor family was special to me. Ronnies mother helped my parents learn hymns in French back in the 50’s, gave me piano lessons and helped me become our church pianist. I accompanied Ronnie on many of his solos. Ronnie was one of my coaches when I was in 6th grade. So many great memories. It’s sad to lose him but I believe he is with the Lord now. He can sing again. Dwayne Johnson

Rod Thomas

February 3, 2020

Met Ronnie as a result of my [and his] involvement with the NAAA. He became my friend and we shared the stage many times during safety presentations. We served together over 10 years and traveled many places as a team. When life, business and time separated our work together we remained good friends. He is certainly part of the reason I have the number of close southern friends I enjoy today. Rest in peace, my friend, your work here is done.

Mike Ardoin

February 3, 2020

Flew with Ronnnie in the tail dragger and the Stearmen a few times. Broke the Luscoms tail wheel off hitting an air pocket landing at Billy Monks runway. Sick of my stomach a few times. Chased a few greese now and than. Inherited his job running the 100 yd dash at WHS. Good times. !! Great person with a BIG HEART. !!

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Biography

Ronald Dale Taylor, 73 of Welsh completed his flight home on Monday, February 3, 2020.

He was born on October 18, 1946 to Robert and Helen Taylor in Jennings, LA. His family's deep rooted love of agriculture paved the way to his life long career of flying. Growing up he spent many days with his grandfather on the family farm, leading to the sight of his first love-a cropduster. At the age of 14 he and his cousin, Biff fearlessly hopped aboard his grandfathers Luscombe Tail Dragger, flying it successfully about a mile away to his Aunt Bell's house; a buzzing she would never forget.

He was a graduate of Welsh High School, Class of 1964, after graduation he obtained his Commercial Pilot License. Many of his days he spent in the air viewing the beautiful skylines and rice fields. He was a pioneer with many organizations, teaching safety to other pilots. He was a member of National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), President of NAAREF, and a PAASS Presenter.

He was welcomed into heaven by his parents and his aunt Rena Belle Monceaux.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children; Kent Taylor, Laura (Zeb) Hawkins, Stuart (Jessica) Taylor, a sister Carol (David) Fraser, grandchildren; Reece, Audrey, Annaleigh, Ada, Kynlee, and Slade; a niece Julia Fraser Harris and a nephew Andrew Lee Fraser.

The family will welcome friends at First Baptist Church of Welsh on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 beginning at 4pm until 8pm. Visitation will resume Wednesday at 8am until time of service. Funeral Services will be Officiated by Rev. Ricky Treece, beginning at 10am. He will be laid to rest at Oaklawn Cemetery.

The family extends many thanks to Golden Age of Welsh, Harbor Hospice and Heart of Hospice for their diligent care. Also a special thanks to his dear friends; Phil Stokes, Bill Sinke, and Bill Caraway.

You are invited to share a memory or give condolences to the Taylor family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com