March 23, 1933 – December 9, 2016


Lydell “Del” Taylor of St. Cloud passed away December 9, 2016. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud with Pastor Janine Olson officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Chapel, St. Cloud and again after 10:00 AM until the time of service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud.

Lydell was born March 23, 1933, in Perham, Minnesota, to Lenton and Katherine (Antonsen) Taylor. He graduated from Technical High School in St. Cloud, served in the US Army during the Korean War, earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State Teacher’s College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota. He began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Buffalo, Minnesota and later worked as a high school counselor. In 1969, Del moved his family back to St. Cloud, where he served as the director of the St. Cloud Area Learning Center until his retirement in 1991. He was active in the state and national associations for alternative education. Del is remembered for teaching the importance of doing what’s right and not blindly following rules.

In his younger days, Del was an avid BMW motorcycle rider. He took many trips via motorcycle, including a 21 day tour of the European Alps. He enjoyed building and maintaining things at his lake cabin on Pleasant Lake in Rockville. He also built beautiful model boats. Del enjoyed spending time with his family at the lake and taking his children and grandchildren “quad-runnering,” water skiing, tubing, and fishing. Those memories will be forever cherished.

Lydell married Cynthia M. Gohman at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud in September of 1956. They had three children: Lisa, Kelly and Wade, and later divorced. Del married Rita M. Kersting in Honolulu, Hawaii, on February 14, 1991.

Del is survived by his loving wife, Rita; children: Lisa, St. Cloud; and Kelly (Cathy), Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren: Abby Danzeisen, Oregon; Elly Danzeisen, St. Cloud; and Matts and Nick Taylor, Naperville, Illinois. He was a faithful man who will be missed by those left to remember him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Wade.

Memorials are preferred to Youth For Christ and the Salvation Army.