Gregory Kip Taylor, 63, of Ivel, Ky., went to be with his Lord and savior on Feb. 6, 2016. He died from a heart attack during the night. He was working out of Goodman, Kan., at the time of his death. He had been a natural gas pipeline inspector for the past six or so years. He traveled all across the United States on many projects, some of which took months to complete. Prior to this project, his most recent ones had been in Connecticut, North Dakota and Colorado. He often worked six days a week, and certainly met countless people wherever he went. He was a very hardworking, intelligent, outgoing man with a generous spirit. He had accepted the Lord into his life and devoutly tithed to the church and encouraged others to do so, too. He felt truly, abundantly blessed. He was so proud of his three daughters, Nicole, Mindy and Katy, and his four grandsons, Mitchell, Kaden, Aiden and Chaz. He was given the opportunity over Thanksgiving to fly them out to Denver and all be together for the holiday. This had meant the world to him. They even found the time to have professional portraits done while they were there, and what beautiful pictures they now have to cherish. He worked in many different fields throughout his life, including long haul trucking, selling commodities, and working at Hanel Lumber Mill in Hood River. He enjoyed the love of reading and constantly had a book in hand on his days off. He looked forward to time off in between jobs to come back to Ivel and relax and see his friends. Kip was born April 26, 1952, in Baker City, Ore., to Robert Leonard Taylor and Cheryl Jayne Parker. He attended grade schools in Portland, Ore., Union, Ore., and Baker City. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, waterskiing and camping with family and friends. He graduated from high school in Halfway, Ore., in 1970, and attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore. He is survived by daughters Nicole Hatfield of Douglas, Wyo., Mindy Greco of Rock Hill, S.C., and Katy Taylor of Bend, Ore.; grandsons Mitchell and Kaden Hatfield and Aiden and Chaz Greco; sisters Kim Cantrell (Tim) and Jackie Heck (Dave) of Hood River; nephews Zach Cantrell (Rana) of Post Falls, Idaho, and Chuck Cantrell (Karrie) of Hood River, and Tyler Schmidt of Hood River; nieces Sarah Muenzer (Chad) of Parkdale, Ashley Murillo (Fernando) of Odell, and Andrea Heck of Hood River; great-nephews Danny McKaig, Cody Cantrell, Chad Muenzer Jr.; and great-nieces Natasha and Sierra Muenzer, Kyli Cantrell, Chloe and Briana Cantrell, Hailee Heck and Ava Murillo. He is also survived by six cousins in and around Baker City. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jayne Christjansen, his brother, Fred Schmidt Jr., his aunt and uncle, Zona and F.B. Clarke, his grandmother, Nell Colton Grant, and his grandfathers, Nelson Sieg and Thomas Grant. A celebration of life was held in Martin, Ky., on Feb. 13, 2016, with graveside service at Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel. Father Bob of St. Martha’s Catholic Church officiated.
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