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Rod L Taylor

January 3, 1966 ~ January 31, 2024 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Rod Taylor Obituary

Rod Lee Taylor, 58, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully on January 31, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Reginald and Lena Virginia (Newton) Taylor, Sr.

Rod graduated from GAR High school. He dedicated over four decades of his life to service, working for the United Steel Workers Union #15253 for more than 20 years and subsequently contributing nearly two decades to the PA American Water Company, retiring from the regulation department.

He was a member of Moving River Ministry in Wilkes-Barre and the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Golden Rule #15. Rod found joy in various hobbies, including fishing, exploring antique cars, attending car shows, and engaging in friendly dart games. Above all, he cherished his time with family, and adored his grandson. Rod had a passion for riding his Harley and was an avid supporter of the NY Giants.

Rod faced death without fear, yet he carried a deep sadness knowing that he would miss the unfolding chapters of his family's story. But they reminded him he would always be loved, remembered and never forgotten.

Preceded in death by his parents, sister Sheryle, and brothers Carl, Ryan and William. Rod is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Emily (Mika) Taylor, his daughter Haley, son Noah, and grandson Clayton. He is also survived by brothers Allan, Brett (Martha), Reggie (Jackie), beloved nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held at Kniffen O’Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, 465 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Saturday,  from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M and Sunday 12:00 PM till the time of the service.

Services will take place on Sunday, February 4, at 1:00 PM at the funeral home, with Pastor Adam McGahee, of Moving River Ministry officiating. Interment will follow at Denison Cemetery in Swoyersville.

A Masonic Service will be held to honor Rod's dedication to the fraternity and its principles.

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The family extends a special thank you to his close friends Larry, John (Nips), Caroline and Compassionate Hospice for the exceptional care they provided during Rod's illness.

Rod will surely be greeting with the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” 


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February 3, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Funeral Service
February 4, 2024

1:00 PM
AT Kniffen O&rsquo!Malley Leffler Funeral

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