Vernon Forrest Taylor, 88, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021.

Vern was born September 23, 1932 in Mitchellville, Iowa to Oakley “Wayne” and Dorothy (DeVotie) Taylor. He married Marilyn Grace Piper on June 14th, 1957. Vernon was a talented business owner and florist. Taylor’s Floral Creations opened in 1972 in Altoona, and then opened a location in Pleasant Hill in 1991. Their business boomed until their retirement in 1999. Vern loved family, flowers and fun. He was an avid genealogist and loved history. He traced his family lineage to their Scottish and Irish origins. Vernon was a faithful church member, and was a Family Circle member. He enjoyed being outside and being in nature – especially spending time at Thomas Mitchell Park.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn; children, Laura (John) McCann, Mindy Van Oort, Mark (Sheri) Taylor, Layne (Karen) Taylor; daughter-in-law, Debra Taylor; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Marlene; many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members.

Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, son Lee Taylor, and brother Ronald Taylor.

Funeral service will be held Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at First Church of the Open Bible, 2200 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310. Family will greet guests beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines after the services. For those who wish to attend the service virtually, it will be livestreamed by First Church of the Open Bible, and available through this link: Livestream of Vernon Taylor's Service the day of the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Vernon Taylor Memorial Fund.
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Contributions can also be made to Veridian Credit Union (800-235-3228) in care of the Vern Taylor Memorial Fund.

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Service Details

Friday, April 9, 2021
10:00 to 11:30 am
First Church of the Open Bible
2200 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
Friday, April 9, 2021
11:30 am
First Church of the Open Bible
2200 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
Resthaven Cemetery
West Des Moines
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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