Marion Redwood Taylor, 1981-1982
Marion Redwood Taylor, 1981-1982

Marion Redwood Taylor was born in Mexia, Texas, and was raised in Ashland.  He was a member of Capital City Christian Church and an associate member of Suthards Christian Church.  Taylor was a graduate of Boyd County High School and UK, where he earned a degree in business administration.  While at UK, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and the Pershing Precision Rifle Group.  Redwood proudly served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps.  His combat assignments were North Africa and Corsica.  After his participation in 70 combat missions against the Nazis with the 57th Bombardment Wing (B-25) during the Italian Campaign and the conclusion of the war, he returned home with four battle stars, eight air medals, a unit citation, and a Certificate of Valor.  After World War II, Taylor returned to Ashland to work in insurance and serve as a city commissioner.  He then moved to Frankfort to work for the Commonwealth.  Redwood retired from his position as associate superintendent for the Department of Education Office of Resource Management.  In Frankfort, Redwood met and wed his beloved wife, June Laffoon Taylor, who passed away in September 2004.  In his private life, Redwood loved collecting World War II memorabilia and was an avid and skilled fisherman.  He was a renowned master craftsman who restored antique fishing rods and reels.