Robert M. Taylor McConnellsburg, 87
Born in Atlantic City, N. J., he was a son of the late Marvin S. and Grace M. Taylor.
A World War II veteran, he served honorably as a radar technician in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge, he began his career at Pennsylvania Bell Telephone. During his career with Bell Telephone, he worked as a switchman, equipment foreman, wire chief and research scientist. He retired from Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1979 after 32 years of service. He then worked as a consultant for AT&T, IT&T, and Western Electric. His work took him to places all over the world including, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Russia, Guatemala and Argentina.
He enjoyed challenging himself. He built a racing class sailboat, restored a house built in 1896 in Blairs Mills, Pa., and wrote a full length novel just to see if he could. He was a Christian. He was a member of the Conococheague Audubon Society and Blairs Mills Lions Club where he helped design a reading program for the blind.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dawn W. Taylor; three children: Caryl Laurie Taylor, McConnellsburg; Douglas Wayne and wife Cherry Taylor, Gilbert, Ariz.; and Dale D.F. and wife, Susan Taylor, of El Paso, Texas; two grandchildren: Dawn Renae Beeson and husband Russell, and Scott Robert Taylor; and two great-grandchildren: Cale and Teylah Beeson, all of Gilbert, Ariz.
Aside from his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William R. Taylor.
Services under the direction of Agett-Geisel Funeral Home will be private and held at the convenience of the family.