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DARRYL "DENNIS" TAYLOR

Douglas, Wyoming

February 25, 1952 - November 23, 2023

DARRYL "DENNIS" TAYLOR Obituary

Darryl “Dennis” Taylor, 71, was under the care of Central Wyoming Hospice when he passed away peacefully at his home near Douglas on Thursday, November 23, 2023 with his family by his side.

Born Monday, February 25, 1952 to Kenneth Eugene and Dorothy Lois (Leman) Taylor in Douglas, Wyoming.  Dennis loved the ranching life with his family.  Growing up, Dennis was the middle child of five Taylor children and was known as the peacekeeper of the siblings, the middle child who got along with everyone.  The family lived north of Douglas on a ranch with the kids attending the Highway Rural School.  The family moved to town when Dennis was around 10.  Dennis graduated from Douglas High School in 1970.  He attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned his 4-year degree in Ag Business.

Through junior high and high school, Dennis and brother Frank stacked hay to save money for college.  They estimated stacking over 100,000 bales a year for more than five years.  The first couple of years it was $.08 a bale for small squares.  When they finished, it was $0.10 a bale.   The Drube, financed by Earl Scott for $6000, was their hay gathering and stacking equipment. To pay back the loan, the first three years Earl took $2000 out of the hay stacked.  One year Kenneth told Dennis and Frank they deserved a vacation from stacking.  A change of location equaled a vacation, according to Kenneth.  So, they went and stacked 3400 bales at another location for their “vacation”.  Through that entire time, they only had two stacks ever fall over and the Drube is still in the family, being used to continue stacking bales.

1969, Dennis was a State Champion wrestler his junior year at 154 pounds.  His senior year he was undefeated heading into State.  Dennis decided to wrestle up a weight that year to let his buddy, a wrestler from Lusk win state.  Dennis lost just one match his senior year, the state title match.  For years, Dennis held the Douglas High School record for consecutive wins in wrestling.

Dennis married Kathy Schledewitz in 1975, who was in the military and he was able to visit Germany for an extended honeymoon.  They later divorced. Dennis married Lucile (Bradshaw) Taylor in January 1982.  It had to be love, because he immediately became a dad, inheriting three teenage children, Wendy, Stephanie and Jeff.  An amazing stepdad, he was kind, gracious, supportive and cared deeply for all three kids.  They were the apple of his eye and easily the one they went to when looking for that extra support.  However, when grandchildren came along, they lost the apple of the eye status to the four grandchildren.  Grandpa Dennis would do anything for them, from water fights where they had tiny little squirt guns and he would have a bazooka, to tea parties at their child size tables, playing in the sandbox to horse rides and 4X4 mule tours around the ranch (with them driving), he was a willing participant and usually an instigator of “what can we get into”. 

While out on the family ranch that was homesteaded by his grandparents, Dennis was the happiest.  So many stories with dairy cows, goats, cows, dogs, pigs, horses and llamas, it was a life we all were blessed to enjoy while he was working it.  Summer cattle drives, to picnics and sleepovers in the mountains, living in the original house his grandparents built, to doing just about anything he and all of us could think to do.  We will all treasure these memories with him to pass along to future generations.

Dennis told us all, that his greatest accomplishment and smartest thing he ever did was marrying Lucile.  They were lifelong partners in raising three kids, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He inherited a lot with this built in family, but we always knew he genuinely cared for and loved us as his own.  We have been blessed to share this life with him.  His memory will remain with us all for the shared times and memories that he enjoyed with his family and friends.

Dennis lived life to the fullest as he enjoyed family and friends.  We all were devastated once he was diagnosed with prostate cancer that had metastasized.  Once again and through many trials and tribulations, he showed us how to live life to the fullest and he fought bravely to beat back the cancer that was taking over his body. We are thankful for the additional five years of life we shared with Dennis due to his strong will, love of life and determination to do all he could for as long as he could.  While we will miss him terribly, we are beyond thankful that he is at peace after his long battle with this cancer.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Dorothy Taylor; wife, Lucile; three children, Wendy Johnson of Cheyenne, Stephanie (Dan) Williams and Jeff Wilcox all of Douglas; Kenny (Linda) Taylor of Douglas, Linda (Howard) Konken of Cheyenne, Frank (Veronica) Taylor of Gillette, and Lois (Chris) Young of Douglas; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Jacob) Zarpentine of Sheridan, Kiarra (Ryan) Fulk of Cheyenne, Shayla (Tim) Fosmo of Douglas, and Trenton (Chaney) Williams of Casper; and two great grandchildren, Raleigh and Fallon Fosmo, plus many extended family members. 

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Taylor, on July 7, 2012; nephew, Grant Gerk, on August 25, 2023; and grandparents.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. in the Fort Reno building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas with The Reverend Bobbe Fitzhugh of Christ Episcopal Church officiating and Wendy Johnson as the eulogist..  A reception will follow at the Douglas Moose Club in Douglas.  Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Douglas Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dennis’s memory may be made to the Converse County Cancer Fund, c/o Converse County Bank, PO Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82633; Converse County Hospital Foundation- Stella’s Infusion Center, PO Box 393, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to one of your choosing.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Wilcox, Dan Williams, Trenton Williams, Tim Fosmo, John Ralph Sullivan, Mike Werner, Bob Vollman, and Steve “Shakey” Chadwick.

Urn bearer will be Tyson Budd and honorary pallbearers will be his family and friends.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of DARRYL "DENNIS" TAYLOR hosted by Gorman Funeral Homes.

Darryl “Dennis” Taylor, 71, was under the care of Central Wyoming Hospice when he passed away peacefully at his home near Douglas on Thursday, November 23, 2023 with his family by his side.

Born Monday, February 25, 1952 to Kenneth Eugene and Dorothy Lois (Leman) Taylor in Douglas, Wyoming.  Dennis loved the ranching life with his family.  Growing up, Dennis was the middle child of five Taylor children and was known as the peacekeeper of the siblings, the middle child who got along with everyone.  The family lived north of Douglas on a ranch with the kids attending the Highway Rural School.  The family moved to town when Dennis was around 10.  Dennis graduated from Douglas High School in 1970.  He attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned his 4-year degree in Ag Business.

Through junior high and high school, Dennis and brother Frank stacked hay to save money for college.  They estimated stacking over 100,000 bales a year for more than five years.  The first couple of years it was $.08 a bale for small squares.  When they finished, it was $0.10 a bale.   The Drube, financed by Earl Scott for $6000, was their hay gathering and stacking equipment. To pay back the loan, the first three years Earl took $2000 out of the hay stacked.  One year Kenneth told Dennis and Frank they deserved a vacation from stacking.  A change of location equaled a vacation, according to Kenneth.  So, they went and stacked 3400 bales at another location for their “vacation”.  Through that entire time, they only had two stacks ever fall over and the Drube is still in the family, being used to continue stacking bales.

1969, Dennis was a State Champion wrestler his junior year at 154 pounds.  His senior year he was undefeated heading into State.  Dennis decided to wrestle up a weight that year to let his buddy, a wrestler from Lusk win state.  Dennis lost just one match his senior year, the state title match.  For years, Dennis held the Douglas High School record for consecutive wins in wrestling.

Dennis married Kathy Schledewitz in 1975, who was in the military and he was able to visit Germany for an extended honeymoon.  They later divorced. Dennis married Lucile (Bradshaw) Taylor in January 1982.  It had to be love, because he immediately became a dad, inheriting three teenage children, Wendy, Stephanie and Jeff.  An amazing stepdad, he was kind, gracious, supportive and cared deeply for all three kids.  They were the apple of his eye and easily the one they went to when looking for that extra support.  However, when grandchildren came along, they lost the apple of the eye status to the four grandchildren.  Grandpa Dennis would do anything for them, from water fights where they had tiny little squirt guns and he would have a bazooka, to tea parties at their child size tables, playing in the sandbox to horse rides and 4X4 mule tours around the ranch (with them driving), he was a willing participant and usually an instigator of “what can we get into”. 

While out on the family ranch that was homesteaded by his grandparents, Dennis was the happiest.  So many stories with dairy cows, goats, cows, dogs, pigs, horses and llamas, it was a life we all were blessed to enjoy while he was working it.  Summer cattle drives, to picnics and sleepovers in the mountains, living in the original house his grandparents built, to doing just about anything he and all of us could think to do.  We will all treasure these memories with him to pass along to future generations.

Dennis told us all, that his greatest accomplishment and smartest thing he ever did was marrying Lucile.  They were lifelong partners in raising three kids, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He inherited a lot with this built in family, but we always knew he genuinely cared for and loved us as his own.  We have been blessed to share this life with him.  His memory will remain with us all for the shared times and memories that he enjoyed with his family and friends.

Dennis lived life to the fullest as he enjoyed family and friends.  We all were devastated once he was diagnosed with prostate cancer that had metastasized.  Once again and through many trials and tribulations, he showed us how to live life to the fullest and he fought bravely to beat back the cancer that was taking over his body. We are thankful for the additional five years of life we shared with Dennis due to his strong will, love of life and determination to do all he could for as long as he could.  While we will miss him terribly, we are beyond thankful that he is at peace after his long battle with this cancer.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Dorothy Taylor; wife, Lucile; three children, Wendy Johnson of Cheyenne, Stephanie (Dan) Williams and Jeff Wilcox all of Douglas; Kenny (Linda) Taylor of Douglas, Linda (Howard) Konken of Cheyenne, Frank (Veronica) Taylor of Gillette, and Lois (Chris) Young of Douglas; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Jacob) Zarpentine of Sheridan, Kiarra (Ryan) Fulk of Cheyenne, Shayla (Tim) Fosmo of Douglas, and Trenton (Chaney) Williams of Casper; and two great grandchildren, Raleigh and Fallon Fosmo, plus many extended family members. 

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Taylor, on July 7, 2012; nephew, Grant Gerk, on August 25, 2023; and grandparents.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. in the Fort Reno building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas with The Reverend Bobbe Fitzhugh of Christ Episcopal Church officiating and Wendy Johnson as the eulogist..  A reception will follow at the Douglas Moose Club in Douglas.  Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Douglas Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dennis’s memory may be made to the Converse County Cancer Fund, c/o Converse County Bank, PO Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82633; Converse County Hospital Foundation- Stella’s Infusion Center, PO Box 393, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 or to one of your choosing.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Wilcox, Dan Williams, Trenton Williams, Tim Fosmo, John Ralph Sullivan, Mike Werner, Bob Vollman, and Steve “Shakey” Chadwick.

Urn bearer will be Tyson Budd and honorary pallbearers will be his family and friends.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of DARRYL "DENNIS" TAYLOR hosted by Gorman Funeral Homes.

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