OBITUARY

Norman E. Taylor

March 22, 1932November 7, 2019
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Norman E. Taylor Neola, Iowa

Norman Eugene Taylor, 87, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., with reflections by friends and family at 2:30 p.m. at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring, Bayliss Park Chapel in Council Bluffs. Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2019 at the Neola Township Cemetery in Neola, Iowa.

Norm was born March 22, 1932 in Long Beach, California to Donald and Tressa (McCollum) Taylor. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs until he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, with the consent of his mother, only if he obtained his high school diploma; which he did aboard ship. While in the Navy, Norm served in the Korean War, and was stationed on the Amphibious Command Ship U.S.S. Eldorado. He was the youngest sailor on the Eldorado, which earned him the nickname “Chick”.

Norm and Evelyn M. Larimore were married on February 9, 1963 and have lived in Neola for the past 25 years: prior to that they lived in and raised their children in Council Bluffs.

As a younger man, Norm enjoyed competitive water ski jumping, and was an avid duck hunter, hunting them for 54 straight seasons. Finally, he was a huge fan of watching his children and grandchildren at their activities. Mostly, he just like to be active and have fun. Norm and Evelyn, loved having family and friends join them at their “A” frame cabin on the canal at Lake Manawa. Summer Sunday’s included boating, water skiing, swimming, volleyball and laughter. The Taylor’s cabin was a place that produced many fond memories for family and friends.

Norm owned and operated Norm Taylor Painting and Decorating in Council Bluffs. He painted and hung wallpaper all over the metro area for more than 40 years. He gained the reputation as the man to call if you had a difficult wallpaper project.

Along with his business, Norm worked many evenings and weekends remodeling broken down and condemned houses. Turning eyesores into charming homes and improving property values in neighborhoods all over Council Bluffs. His efforts over the years truly made a difference to dozens of family’s, and was something he was very proud of.

Left to cherish Norm’s memory are his three sons, Bret (Tiffany) Taylor of Booneville, IA, Bart Taylor of Council Bluffs and Russ Denton of Prairie City, OR; daughter, Kim (Bruce) Williamson of The Woodlands, TX; nephew, Kerry (Kim) Taylor of Stanwood, WA; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; daughter, Kellie Taylor; sister, Janet Taylor and brother, Don L. Taylor.

In memory of Norm, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Legion Post #2, 716 S. 4th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503. Please visit www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com to share memories and expressions of empathy for the Taylor family.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Meg Roger

November 20, 2019

I an saddened to hear of the passing of Norm. He and Ev ie along with my late husband Dick were very close friends and shared many wonderful times together.our trips to Vegas together and hours on the lake bring back some wonderful memories. He was a true friend!!

Sun City, AZ

Jenny Love

November 19, 2019

Tiffany and Family,
Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do.

Jenny

Dana and Marilyn Larimore

November 15, 2019

Norm was one fun guy. We had so much fun playing golf, playing cards and just getting togather with him and Evie. The days of our weekends together will be memories we will never forget.

Judi Settle

November 13, 2019

My prayers go out to the family 🙏🏻 Our families were very close and I have such wonderful memories of so many fun times together. I cherish these memories and send my love to Russ, Bret, Bart and Kim.

Gary Woods

November 13, 2019

I was a next door neighbor of Norm, Ev and boys for 35+ years. They were great neighbors. My son, Todd, was a bit younger than Bret and Bart, but they still spent a lot of time together, especially at the cabin on Lake Manawa. There was lots of swimming, fishing, boat rides, and probably a lot of other activities my son neglected to tell me. They had great times. Occasionally there would be a broken window from a misdirected baseball. Norm would have a new window installed in the blink of an eye. The big back yard was conducive to ball games. The boys kept Norm and Ev busy. Norm was a painter extraordinaire.. He could mix colors just be looking, and throwing in a bit of this, a dab of that, and bingo they matched. He was equally as talented with the paint brush. He and his dad had painted our house when is was built. The top of the dining room walls had a flowery border. I once asked him where he was able to buy it. He said, "Oh I just painted it," as if it was no big deal. And, yes, he loved his hunting dogs. He always had one or two in a big dog house he built in the back yard. Attached to it was a small outdoor pen. He faithly fed them every day. His family, and mine, have many good memories of our years on Hillsdale. I regret that I will not be able to attend the visitation nor burial. Gary Woods

Mr. Woods,
Thank you for the kind words. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up on Hillsdale. I miss it and think of it often. Bret Taylor

Alan Coleman

November 13, 2019

I was one of the fortunate ones who shared Sunday afternoons playing volleyball and drinking beer. Norm and Evie were perfect hosts and laughter was always there...RIP Norm it was great to know you....Alan Coleman

Alan,
Thank you for sharing. Mom & Dad loved having friends down to the cabin on Sunday's. It was like have a family reunion with friends every weekend. Bret Taylor

Larry Waffle

November 11, 2019

Norm and I have been friends for almost 50 years.We have had some great times together with our wives and also fishing and duck hunting trips up north. Norm was not much of a fisherman but he could sure shoot ducks. We did a lot of work together over the years and got to be close.I sure will miss him and the great times we had together.You are lucky to have a friend like Norm in your life and I am that lucky person. Larry Waffle

Kerry Taylor

November 10, 2019

My uncle was more like a second father to me. His brother (my dad) died when I was 14 and I returned to Iowa to live with my grandparents. I also began to spend time with Norm and his family: summer work at T&T Chinchilla Ranch, holiday gatherings, playing with the boys, accompanying he and Ev at ski shows. Once I graduated high school and headed to college, my grandparents departed for Colorado and I moved in with Norm and family. This was such a special time for me - a much needed anchor for a young man searching for direction and guidance, and here was a man who provided good counsel, someone to look to for help and advice, and a mentor at just the right time for learning how to be a good citizen and make the right decisions. We laughed, we shared some tough times, we grew to respect one another, and most of all I always had a place to call home. I shall miss him but will always have the memories.

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