• John Benton Taylor Jr.

    22 Apr 2020

  • John Benton Taylor Jr., age 72 of Sedan, Kansas passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at his home in Sedan.

    John was born on April 9, 1948 in Somerville, New Jersey to John Benton Taylor Sr. and Ruth M. (Reusing) Taylor.  He grew up and graduated from High School in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. 

    John graduated with a M.A Degree in Religion from Andrews University and M.S. Degree in Biology from Loma Linda University.  John was a High School Teacher for 42 years before he retired in 2016.  John was a science teacher though he taught many different subjects in a variety of different schools throughout his career.

    John married Barbara Sue Day on June 6, 1971 in Sedan, Kansas. From 1979 to 1992 they lived in Ecuador where they were missionaries for the Seventh Day Adventist Church.   They lived in Indiana where John worked for 23 years before retiring and coming back to Sedan in 2016.

    John was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sedan; his hobbies included; gardening, hiking, camping, rappelling, mountaineering, music (playing the guitar and singing), photography, mission trips and health and wellness.

    John is survived by his wife Barbara Taylor of Sedan, Kansas; one daughter, April Maria Silva of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; one son, Daniel Charles Taylor of Anderson, Indiana; his mother, Ruth Taylor of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one brother, Jeff Taylor of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one sister, Marsha Morgan of Columbus, Ohio; many other family and friends.

    John was preceded in death by his Father, John Benton Taylor Sr.

    Due to COVID-19, Private Services will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sedan. Burial will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sedan.

    In lieu of flowers and gifts please send your donation via mail or electronically to “Maranatha Volunteers International” with a note:  “In Loving Memory of John Taylor.” www.maranatha.org or 990 Reserve Drive, Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95768-1387.  Your gift will help build a water-well in Brazil.

  • 13 comments

    JOHNNY: AFTER SERVING THE LORD AS MANY YEARS THAT YOU HAVE IT DOES NOT SEEM FAIR THAT YOU SHOULD GO SO SOON. BUT HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR LIFE AND I'M SURE HE WILL BE WAITING THEIR WITH HIS ARM WIDE OPEN TO WELCOME YOU TO THE PROMISED LAND, NOT JUST YOU BUT YOUR WHOLE FAMILY ALSO, REST IN PEACE BROTHER. DON RIEDTHALER

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    John, a man of God who served the Lord and the youth of our schools as teacher and example. He was a loving husband, father, brother, fellow worker for Christ. We are grateful for his service and demonstrated faith.

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    I remember John from Cincinnati Jr Academy and Marsha, his Sister, was my best friend then. His Dad taught at CJA for a few yrs when I attended and I spent many days (and nights) at their home. John was my Brother's best friend and he spent a lot of time at our home when they were growing up. John was such a nice guy (even to me as a little girl and didn't pester me) I remember he was always a great Christian and representative of Jesus. It's so sad!! But we can look forward to the time we will all be together in Heaven! My heart and prayers go out to all of the family members!! Sandy

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    John, merecido descanso. Haz ganado la victoria, solo espera hasta el pronto amanecer. Alinel

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    Compartimos la perdida afectuoso deudo..Dios los consuele con la eperanza de la resurrección y vida eterna en nuestro Señor Jesús...Amén...

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    John, We will greatly miss you, my friend. Our prayers are with his family.

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    Desde Ecuador: Nos veremos pronto querido profesor y amigo y nos seguirás inspirando con la vida q llevaste aquí en la tierra. Dios mantenga en paz a la Sra. Barbara y sus hijos April y Danny!! Los queremos !!! MARANATHA!! Daniel Urgilés

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    El Sr. Taylor fue un profesor entusiasta, entregado y muy dedicado. Pero era más que un profesor, dedicaba tiempo extra para enseñarnos a cantar, a disfrutar la naturaleza y amar a Dios. Sonriente, inquieto y tolerante lo recordamos con cariño y confiando en la promesa bíblica de la resurrección, esperamos verlo muy pronto cuando venga Jesús a recompensar a sus hijos fieles. Los Ángeles guardarán tu tumba querido profesor hasta la mañana gloriosa

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    Deepest sympathy. Love to all.

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    Con su firma en mi acta de grado, calificó la interacción de un maestro con su alumno; tengo muchos lindos recuerdos, enseñanzas personalizadas y, momentos súper que compartimos en campamentos mochila, etc. Sigamos su legado, vivamos y esparzamos esos ideales, de renovarnos; dignifiquemos su memoria, haciendo lo que él hizo, impulsar hacia hacer cosas que hagan la diferencia, que mejoremos este mundo, tomados de Dios, impulsando nos unos a otros, sin egoísmos ni estereotipos que de muy poco nos han servido; hasta ese día glorioso que nos volvamos a ver, agradecidos por haber hecho para lo que venimos. Ecuador y el mundo lo necesita. Viva por siempre hermano, nos vemos pronto. Dios nos de ese espíritu que lo motivo a ser un gran misionero e, imnovemos esas diferencias. Exitos. Paz

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    I am so thankful for the experience I had with you at Camp Mohaven. Later you were in my wedding. Our lives took different directions but I'm so glad we reconnected while you were teaching in Indiana. You always remained faithful to God and your family. I have a deep respect for that and look forward to spending time together again. Love your brother in Christ Phil

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    En memoria de Mr. T.: Son escasas las personas que han dejado una huella positiva en mi vida. Por tener un hogar disfuncional, mi proyección de vida no tenía muchas oportunidades. Fuí tremendamente juzgado por la sociedad en la que me tocó vivir, y pensé que nada bueno había en mí. Todo este panorama sombrío fue cambiando poco a poco gracias al contacto que tuve con el Sr. Taylor, siendo su estudiante. Él pudo ver en mi un futuro promisorio y aunque actualmente no tengo bienes materiales, soy también misionero de la Iglesia Adventista del séptimo día. El legado que el Sr. Taylor deja en mi, es por mucho, amar la ciencia y la religión. El Sr. Taylor me enseñó a amar a Dios por medio de la ciencia y actualmente es lo que trato de inspirar en mis alumnos. Dios permita vernos nuevamente y ver el fruto de su inspiración.

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    I grieve the loss of my dear brother in Christ. Knowing that he will wake when Jesus comes back is both comforting and encouraging. I'm sure that he will be watching for his many friends, students, and colleagues. Maranatha! Ven Jesus!

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