Monsignor (Father) Charles F. Taylor passed away on Feb. 14, peacefully in his sleep, at South Lincoln Nursing Center, Kemmerer, at the age of 87.
He was born on Sept. 7, 1926 in Kemmerer, the son of Frank and Pauline Sammon Taylor, and grandson of one of Kemmerer’s founders, John Sammon.
Father Taylor graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1944, served his country in the U.S. Navy during 1944-1946, attended Creighton University from 1946-48, and trained at the St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colo.
In 1953, Charles was ordained as a Catholic priest during a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kemmerer, less than a block from his family’s home. A few years later he traveled to Rome, Italy, spending three years earning a doctorate in the Canon Law of the Church. Father Taylor served the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne for over 50 years, at the Newman Center in Laramie, and at parishes and mission churches in or near Rock Springs, Jackson, Powell, Lander, Kemmerer, and Buffalo. In 2003, he retired to his home in Kemmerer. From there he helped the Diocese on an on-call basis for several additional years.
Monsignor Taylor is survived by his sister; Murray Taylor Huntington of Davis, Calif.; niece Peggy Popp and her children; William Jr., Ryan, and Bridgette Popp, all of Diamondville; and a nephew, Charles Huntington of Shady Cove, Ore. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Vigil will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Bishop Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL and the priests of the diocese as celebrants.
Interment with military honors will be held at the South Lincoln Cemetery, in Kemmerer, following Mass. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the vigil and the Mass for visitation.
Ball Family Chapel of Kemmerer has been entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at ballfamilychapel.com.