Raymond Taylor

Raymond Taylor

  • Funeral Date: 5/08/17
  • Funeral Time: 10 AM
  • Date of Birth: 11/13/29
  • Date of Death: 5/02/17
  • Funeral Location: Church of St. Dominic

Raymond was born, November 13, 1929, in Northfield, Minnesota, the son of Charles and Marie (Drentlaw) Taylor. He was raised near Randolph and graduated from high school. All the while growing up, Ray worked alongside his father on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Mary Bresnahan on August 23, 1952 at Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. As the couple were just starting a family, Ray was called into service in 1955 and proudly served his country in the United States Army. The couple moved to Colorado Springs where he served. He was transferred back to Minnesota and he received his honorable discharge in January of 1957.

Ray was a proud farmer through and through. He also drove truck, hauling grain and livestock.
Farming was Ray’s life, from beginning to end. Even though dementia affected his ability to farm, his love of farming and the rural life never wavered.

Later in his life, Ray began working for the Randolph school district as a bus driver. He enjoyed his job there and made many personal connections with the staff and students. He was a big fan of RHS sports and supporter of the local FFA.

He loved children. He was a very proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was very involved in his grandchildren ‘s lives. He enjoyed and attended many of their activities. He always made his grandchildren feel loved and special.

Ray passed away, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus in Fridley with family at his side, at the age of 87. He is survived by his children Patti (Dick) Winchell of Mantorville, Thomas (Margo) Taylor of Tucson, AZ, Kenneth (Kim) Taylor of Northfield, Peggy Taylor Dass of Rochester, Suelyn Taylor (Bob Sande) of Northfield, David (Vicky) Taylor of Northfield. Ray is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, a sister Arlene (Delbert) Gustafson of Stanton and a brother Jerry (Mary) Taylor of Northfield. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary (2010), a sister Linda Bierman, his parents and a son-in-law Mike Dass.

Funeral services for Ray will be at Church of St. Dominic on Monday, May 8, 2017, beginning at 10 AM. Visitation will be at Bierman Funeral Home on Sunday, May 7, 2017, from 2 PM to 5 PM and one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be at Stanton Cemetery in Stanton, Minnesota. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com


  1. Leigh Wegner

    You were truly the most amazing man! Thank you for everything! Love you grandpa!

  2. Stephanie Valek

    One of a kind man. My condolences to Ray’s family.

  3. Greg and Laura Recker

    Dave,Vicky and family:
    Sending our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father.

  4. Karol Fredrickson

    My deepest sympathy to Patti and your entire family. May you find peace and comfort in your cherished memories.

  5. Naomi lewis

    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Raymond. Psalms 34:18 says that God is near to those brokenhearted. Draw close to God and he will grant you peace & comfort during this grievous time.