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Norman Thomas Taylor, 73, of Morristown, died Tuesday July 17, 2007 at the Yellow Rose Hospice of Methodist Hospital.

Born Oct. 13, 1933 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Ralph Homer and Ida Katheen (Ragsdale) Taylor, both deceased.

Mr. Taylor was a 1951 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School. At the age of 17 he began an apprenticeship at the Beech Grove Shops of the New York Central Railroad that would lead him to be the apprentice instructor at the railroad and eventually into positions of production support and purchasing. He retired after 44 years of service in 1995. He received an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. He co-authored a book on the American chapel cars with his wife, “This Train is Bound for Glory,” and traveled all over the United States with his wife telling the story of the American chapel cars. He was a member of the National Railroad Historical Society, the Indiana Historical Society, and the American Baptist Historical Society. He attended First Baptist Church in Rushville.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Faye Rugh Taylor; four children, Norma Faye Taylor of Crestview, Fla., Timothy Mark Taylor (and wife Catherine) of Greenville, S.C., Catheen Marie (Mrs. Stephen) Hardwick of Carmel and Bethany Ann (Mrs. Ronald) Warren of Kyle, Texas; six grandchildren; a brother, Charles K. Taylor (and wife Barbara) of Louisville, Ky.; and a sister, Martha Ann (Mrs. David) Buehner of Brownsburg.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield with the Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Wanamaker’s Orchard Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chapel Car Grace Fund, c/o Green Lake Conference Center, W2511 State Road 23, Green Lake WI, 54941 or to the First Baptist Church, 1431 W US Hwy 52, Rushville, IN 46173.
Published on  July 18, 2007
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