Samuel J. Taulbee

His intellect, wide-ranging interests and lively sense of humor enriched the lives of all he met. He retired from the Air Force in 1971, after 20 years, with service in Korea and Vietnam. After retirement, he lived in Smith Township where he farmed, worked for the ASC office, was a substitute mail carrier, and school bus driver. He was a Whitley County Commissioner, 1977-1980. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 515, Order of Eastern Star 136, Churubusco, Mizpah Shriners and Scottish Rite, Ft. Wayne, and the American Legion 0017. During his Air Force career, he lived in many states and was active in VFW Post 4232 in Mississippi. He lived in Florida for 26 years. During this time he was an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy in Kissimmee, FL. and volunteered at Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, FL. He was an avid outdoorsman who liked hunting, fishing, gardening, flowers and doted on his beloved dog, Polly. He enjoyed keeping the traditional practices of milling corn and wheat and preserving food by drying and canning.

He is survived by his wife, Anabelle; brother, Price, Jr.; and sister, Hazel Fiandt. He was preceded in death by his son, Gregory, deceased at age 33, four brothers, J.T., Harold, Paul, and Lewis; and a sister, Betty. He is also survived by special friends: Mike Hobbs, Judy Taylor, Bon Zumbrun and a legion of others.

There is no service or calling.

Memorials are to Humane Society of Whitley County, 951 S. Line Street, Columbia City, IN 46725; Parkview Hospice Whitley County, 333 Oak Street, Columbia City 46725; Smith-Green Community Schools Memorial Garden.

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