A celebration of life service for Lee Allen Taylor, 77, West Plains, Mo., were Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Taylor passed away at 2:00 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

He was born Jan. 28, 1942, at Hutchinson, Kan., to Melvin E. Taylor and Mildred Romance McCoy Taylor.  On Feb. 20, 1990, he was married at Garden City, Kan., to Selma J. Blain.  Mr. Taylor was a veteran, having served with the United States Army.  He went through boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Mr. Taylor became a resident of West Plains in 2010.  He enjoyed watching movies, woodworking, fishing, outdoor activities such as bird watching and had a love for animals.  He was an NFL football fan and loved to travel.  Mr. Taylor was a Christian from an early age and was baptized at the Brethren Church, Garden City, Kansas.

He is survived by his wife, Selma Taylor, of the family home and four children, Shaun, Shannon, Kristina and Christie; 13 grandchildren; one brother, Melvin Taylor II and wife, Jeanette; and seven nieces and nephews.

His parents; one brother, Emmerson “Pat” McMullen; one sister, Dixie Allen; and one grandson, Chandler James Metzler preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

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