In Memory


Ray Taylor

Raymond Lee Taylor

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 8:00 am |


July 10, 1946 — Dec. 6, 2011

 Raymond Lee Taylor, 65, of Kings Valley died of retropentoneal liposarcoma, a very aggressive form of cancer, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

 Lee was born at Dallas Hospital to Raymond and Ruth Kyniston Taylor. His family lived in Pedee.

 Lee’s early years were spent living in the Corvallis area, Sweet Home, Five Rivers, Merlin, Buena Vista and Dallas, until settling at his parents’ home property in Kings Valley.

He attended school at Washington School and Highland View Middle School in Corvallis, and graduated from Corvallis High School in 1965. He attended Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University. He worked for a local dry cleaner before becoming full-time caregiver for his older brother, Butch.

Lee was a quiet man who liked living in the country, away from city life. He enjoyed his privacy, fixing up his old cars, going fishing, watching pro wrestling on TV, and listening to late-night radio. He was devoted to taking good care of Butch. He loved his large family, and enjoyed spending time with them.


Lee is survived by his mother, Ruth Taylor of Albany; five brothers, Carrol Lynn “Butch” Taylor and Mark (Cheryl) Taylor, all of Harrisburg, and Melford (Shelly) Taylor, Robert (Mary) Taylor and Gregory (Irene) Taylor, all of Albany; seven sisters, Norma (Ken) Taylor and Bonnie Taylor of Corvallis, Donna Taylor of Philomath, Merlene (Marc) Jacobson of Salem, Becky (Mike) Brewer and Mary (Jim) Cruse of Lebanon, and Jessie (Calvin) Shrake of Albany; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Taylor; infant brother, Alan Ray Taylor; and niece, Heidi Joy Taylor. Memorial donations can be made to the Taylor Memorial Fund in care of McHenry Funeral Home.


A funeral service will take place at noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis. A graveside service will follow at Oak Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences can be made at


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