Richard Russell "Dick" Taylor

  • Born: September 15, 1931
  • Died: September 29, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard Russell "Dick" Taylor, 88 of Battle Creek died peacefully in his sleep, with his family at his side, on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Bronson Battle Creek.

Dick was born September 15, 1931 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Russell B. and Marguerite A. (Rolfe) Taylor. He was a 1949 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. After graduation from Argubright Business College, he joined First of Michigan Corporation as a registered representative in 1951. He became a regional vice president of the executive committee and the company was sold in 1997. Dick retired from Wells Fargo Advisors in 2016 after 65 years as a stock broker and financial advisor.

High school sweethearts, Richard R. "Dick" Taylor and Geraldine McCann were united in marriage on March 25, 1951 at the First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are Jerry, his wife of 68 years; three daughters, Christina (Jerry) Burchfield of Little Rock, AK, Susan (Jouard) Lingg of Cullowhee, NC, Sharon Taylor of Manistee; one son, Richard "Rick" (Michelle) Taylor of Battle Creek; five grandchildren, Jason Taylor Burchfield, Jasmine Taylor, Russell Benjamin Taylor, David Lee, Taylor, Annamarie Taylor and several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Duane Taylor and two sisters, June Thomas and Marguerite Elliott.

Dick was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. He was an Eagle Scout, a past president of the former Battle Creek Jaycees, and served on many advisory boards in the community. Dick loved playing cards and enjoyed being outdoors, going fishing, a good round of golf or tennis match. He was a 50+ year member of Battle Creek Country Club. Dick and Geraldine enjoyed traveling to many interesting destinations and spending time at their cottage on Lake Michigan and wintering in Bonita Springs, FL.

A visitation will be held to celebrate Dick's life 2:30-4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A memorial service will be held for his family. Inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Dick may be made to the "Battle Creek Community Foundation" / Taylor Scholarship Fund. Personal messages for the family or memories of Dick may be placed here at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dick and Geri were so great together.I'm fortunate to have had the privilege of meeting your parents Christina here in Bonita Springs,FL. I'm saddened to learn of your dad's passing. May God bless Geri with peace and all of you with beautiful memories to reflect upon.

Posted by Donna Hanna - Bonita Springs, FL - Friend   October 09, 2019

rick sorry for your loss if i can do anything for you let me know

Posted by randy seivert - battle creek, MI   October 06, 2019

Posted by randy seivert - battle creek, MI   October 06, 2019

Rick so sorry to here this about your Dad. Prayers being sent your way. Prayers for your family as well.❤

Posted by Debbie DiGregorio - Clearwater Beach, FL - Friend   October 05, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He has been a friend for many years. Dick was a big help when I took over my mother's finances. He said he would handle her account as if it was his own mother's. I trusted his judgment and his advice. John has fond memories of Dick from his days at the BC Country Club. We will be thinking of the family and his business acquaintances.

Barbara Carton

Posted by Barbara and John Carton    October 03, 2019

We're so very sorry to hear of Dick's death.
You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Deanna - Barefoot Beach

Posted by A friend   October 02, 2019

I am so sorry of Dicks passing. He was a true gentleman. I have had the opportunity to play golf with him here in Bonita Springs many times. The last time we played he shot a round below his age. Pls except my condolences in your loss.
Don Thomason

Posted by Don Thomason - Bonita Springs, FL   October 01, 2019

Dick was a great neighbor and a long time friend. He will be greatly missed .

Posted by Alan and Sharon Ivany - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   September 30, 2019

A good friend and a Great Man

Posted by Bill Morris - Battle Creek, MI - friend   September 30, 2019

Thinking of you all with love. Russell was a wonderful man. I remember how happy we all were especially Selma to be on our way to Battle Creek for fun, family and political arguments.

Posted by Barbara Miklos - Portland, OR - Family   September 30, 2019