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Jerry Thomas Taylor
  • September 13, 1949
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  • October 30, 2020

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Jerry “Pappy” Taylor

Jerry Thomas Taylor, 71, of The Villages, FL passed away October 30, 2020, from complications of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Karla Taylor, his daughter Amanda Williams and her husband Mike, their three daughters, Alexa, Emma and Kylie, his daughter Ashley Taylor, his step-daughter Kristin Jablonski and her sons, Logan and Carson. Surviving are also his siblings Donna Marshalek, Pearl Harms, Mary Taylor, Phil Taylor, Carol Wagner and Randy Taylor all of the Harrisburg PA area, as well as numerous nieces, nephew, and friends.

Jerry was born in Mechanicsburg, PA in 1949 to parents Peryl and Mary Taylor. After graduation from East Pennsboro  High School, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and after serving in Alaska, Hawaii, and North Carolina for four years, he left the service as a Sargeant.

Jerry began his career with the Federal government shortly after his time with the Air Force ended. He worked his way up to having a rewarding career with the Department of Defense’s Transportation Division before he retired in 2010. His love for sports started in school with baseball. After high school he went on to play softball for a team while stationed in the Air Force, as well as various teams in the Harrisburg area when he returned home. And then he found a new hobby, Golf.  He was a member of the Harrisburg Country Club for many years and had maintained the friendships he made there even after moving to Florida.

After moving to The Villages in 2016 with Karla, he easily found some fellow golfers. Jerry could be found on the golf course several times a week and at the driving range the other days, or watching golf on TV. He also loved horse racing which he enjoyed at Hollywood Casino in Harrisburg, PA and Oxford Downs in FL.  Jerry and Karla loved to travel and recently returned from a lovely trip to England and France. His favorite part of that trip was meeting up with fellow Villagers, Keith and Leslie Wilkinson who live in Epping, England.  Jerry loved playing golf, cooking dinner, swimming and hanging out at his home pool listening to his favorite Rock bands. One of his greatest joys was watching his granddaughters’ sports activities and scholastic accomplishments as well as being very proud of his daughters’ educational and career accomplishments.

Plans for a Celebration of Life will be held in Harrisburg PA and the Villages, FL, both to be set at a later date.


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  1. 05 Nov 2020
    Jan and Rick Betz says:
    We met Karla and Jerry after moving to The Villages, Florida and became good friends quickly. We'll miss Jerry's smile and good humor. RIP.

  2. 05 Nov 2020
    Amy Richards (niece) says:
    I have so many fond memories of Uncle Jerry from when I was a child. He always had such a great sense of humor.

    We’re deeply sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Sending our love and prayers.

    Amy and sons Evan and A.J.

  3. 04 Nov 2020
    Jim and Joanie Koury says:
    Met Jerry back in the 80's when invited to play on his softball team and the friendship grew to include many memories - golfing, bowling, Myrtle Beach, poker, horse racing, cocktails and of course many social events. These memories will not be forgotten. RIP my friend.....

  4. 04 Nov 2020
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  7. 04 Nov 2020
    Vicki Wilkinson says:
    Nick and I really liked Jerry after meeting him through our parents, Lesley & Keith and Karla, in Florida. He had a great sense of humour and even better taste in decent beer ;) We always enjoyed our time with him and loved the fact that we all got to go out to dinner in London when they visited. Jerry will be sorely missed. We're sending our love and strength to you Karla during this sad time. Love Vicki & Nick from London, UK. xx

  8. 04 Nov 2020
    Terry and Lisa Buda says:
    I considered Jerry one of my best friends. I was sad to see him move to Florida, but Lisa and I made sure we got together with him and Karla when they came up north. We really enjoyed those times together. He was great guy to be around, even tempered, easy going, fun to be with, just a high quality person. We will miss him.

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  10. 04 Nov 2020
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  11. 04 Nov 2020
    Hans & Jan Lang says:
    Jerry and I first met in 1974. Since then we were best of friends. Golf, Myrtle Beach, softball, bowling, racquetball, poker were just some of the things we did together. Jerry, i missed you when you moved to Florida, and I will miss you more now that you are gone. May God Bless and thank you for all the good times and all the laughs we had together.

  12. 04 Nov 2020
    Hans & Jan Lang says:
    Jerry was one of my best and dearest friends since 1974 when we first met. Golf, Myrtle Beach, softball, bowling, poker, racquetball were just some of the thing we did together. I missed you when you moved to Florida and I will miss you more now that you are gone. May God Bless you, my friend and thank you for all the good times and laughs we had together.

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