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Roy Burton Taylor, age 90 former resident of New Rockford, ND passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at his home in Bismarck, ND.  Roy was born December 10, 1929, in Napan, New Brunswick, Canada to Mac and Connie Taylor. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Napan until he moved to Eddy County as a young teenager. He worked with his uncle and aunt, Archie and Jessie Campbell on the ranch. Roy served in the United States Marines and was proud to be a Canadian serving in the United States military. While on the way to Korea, the war ended and Roy spent time abroad during his tour of duty. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to New Rockford and worked with Archie Campbell Construction for the majority of his working life. Roy enjoyed cleaning the streets of New Rockford following blizzards while he was working with his uncle’s business. Roy was asked to do painting at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd one winter and that turned into a full-time maintenance job where Roy became the director of maintenance.

Roy met Doreen Ann Lee through Doreen’s brother Roger. They married on September 8th, 1957 at First Lutheran Church in New Rockford. They continued to live in New Rockford where they raised their four children. Roy enjoyed watching the New Rockford Rockets as well as many professional sports teams. Doreen often said that two animals could be playing basketball on the driveway and Roy would be out watching them. Later in life, Roy took up golf and enjoyed playing as much as the weather would allow.  He was excited to be able to buy rounds of drinks following his two holes in one. One of the best weeks of the last 24 years for Roy was their annual Taylor Week at the lake. The stories of Roy riding jet ski are epic!

Roy was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Eagles, the New Rockford Golf Club, and the American Legion. He was always willing to serve as needed.

Roy and Doreen continued to live in New Rockford until 2017 when they moved to 2014 Bayhill Loop, Bismarck.

Roy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doreen, his children Mary (Sheldon) Weltz Bismarck, ND, Steven (Tita) Phoenix, AZ, David (Dawn) Grand Island, NE and Daniel, Valley City, ND. He enjoyed his grandchildren Stephanie, Leah (Derrick) Kessler, Anthony, Tonya, Zackary, Lauren, Madison, McKenna, Mitchel, and Miles. Roy also greatly enjoyed his three greatgrandchildren Laikyn, Kenzly, and Jaxon Roy. He is also survived by his brother Keith (Phyllis), Betty (Milt) McInnis, sisters-in-law Dorothy Taylor and Liz Taylor, brothers-in-law Dennis McDonald and  Roger (Verna) Lee, and many nieces and nephews.

Roy was predeceased by his parents Mac and Connie, as well as siblings: Eldon, Malcolm, Jessie, and Roland.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

Roy’s service will be recorded and be able to be viewed on this page at a later date.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 31, 2020, 9:00AM-5:00PM  at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

 Private Funeral Service will be held Sunday, November 1, 2020 at First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be at the Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was a great guy. When Dan and I were going to college in Botno, If I needed something from home, Mom would ask Roy and Doreen in they were going to Botno, and would send the stuff with them. I enjoyed working with him at the Nursing Home. He will be sadly missed by so many people.

    Thinking of ALL of Roy’s family as they enter this new journey with Roy in Heaven.

    Kathy and Corey Lesmeister

  2. Doreen and family
    I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing! You are in my prayers!

  3. so sorry to here of Roys passing he was one of the best of the best

  4. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Hugs to all. 🙏

  5. Sorry for your loss.Roy was great to work with so was Doreen. Prayers to you all

  6. My thoughts and prayers 🙏go out to the family of Roy. He was such a nice soft spoken man. Going to miss our visits.

  7. My sympathy to your family. Roy was such a nice man with a beautiful smile. He was so supportive of all our athletes. Cherish your wonderful memories.

  8. Doreen and family, our sympathy to you on the loss of Roy. He always had a big smile when I would visit Mom. Thoughts, prayers and hugs Doreen. May he rest in peace. Vicki and Roger Schlotman

  9. Doreen, and family, I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He always had a smile
    when you met him.

  10. Doreen & Family, I was so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I still remember how excited we three girls were when you and Roy got married! He was a special person. God’s blessing to all of you. Doreen (Moore) & David Green

  11. Thinking of all of you at this sad time, dear Doreen and family. Though I have seen little of Roy in the last 60 years, I fondly remember your wedding and how excited we Moore girls were that our favourite babysitter and neighbour was getting married and , later, babysitting for you when I was in high school. It was always neat to touch base and catch up on your news when I came home from Concordia or Jamestown or Montpelier. I had forgotten about Roy’s Canadian beginning. Now I can remember him as a fellow dual citizen of two fine countries. My prayers are with you in your sorrow, your faith in our Lord Jesus and in your remembering. Rest In Peace, dear Roy.

  12. Doreen and families. Our deepest sympathy to you all. So sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers. Linda

  13. So sorry to hear about your father, Mary. I remember you talking about your family gatherings & what a great example he must have been to all.

  14. So sorry for your loss, Mary. Praying for you and your family! Debbie

  15. I feel like I have known Roy forever and I guess I have! Such great memories of Him and he always had a warm smile on his face!! I remember his summer road construction days when he would bring home his trailer and would let Mary and I play in there before Grandma Lee would clean it. I know my Dad and Mom thought the world of him and held him in high regard. Prayers for all, may God wrap his arms around you and hug you tightly! Love to u all

  16. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Even though we are far away in Napan our thoughts are with you.

    Glenn & Wanda

  17. Doreen, Mary, Steven, David & Daniel, my deepest sympathy to all of you. I have such fond memories of Roy. Especially now at Thanksgiving, when we’d all be together at the Lee, Taylor or Wilson homes. Lew & I remember Roy driving us to out-of-town basketball games, especially the state tournament in Minot. Roy was the nicest guy, always cracking jokes, always smiling. It was so great to see both of you, Doreen, when we were home for Mom’s funeral. Roy might’ve been older, but he hadn’t changed a bit! SO many good memories! I will miss him!


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