Dana was born in New Milford, Ct. on November 27, 1947, to Emory and Muriel (Wentsch) Taylor. He grew up in New Milford and attended local schools. He was a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Milford. After graduating from Henry Abbott Technical School in Danbury in 1965 he moved to Richmond, N.H. to live with his cousin Ron, Ron’s wife Elle, and their five children.
He then attended St. James Episcopal Church in Keene with his family and taught Sunday school at St. James during that time.
Dana proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, enlisting in September, 1967 and serving during the Vietnam War. Dana received the Purple Heart due to injuries sustained while in Vietnam. He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar (Rifle M16). He was honorably discharged in 1968. Dana was a lifetime member of the DAV, American Legion and the VFW.
Dana had been employed at Troy Woolen Mills and Homestead Woolen Mills when he returned from Vietnam. He later worked for E.W. Blood Construction for many years operating a loader and winter plowing. On June 27, 1970 he married Mary Judd of Troy, N.H. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Troy. While working a full time job, Dana enrolled in Keene State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1983.
He later worked for Employment Security in Keene and then became the Tech Support Specialist Supervisor for the Concord, N.H. office of Employment Security where he retired 11 years later.
Dana was very proud of and loved his family, his country, and his town of Richmond. He was a Selectman for over 20 years, Selectman Representative to the Planning Board, and participated in many other concerns and committees in town, he was a member of the Richmond Fire Dept. and worked as Road Agent after his last term of Selectman. He was well-liked by many and he would always be available to help anyone in need.
One of his greatest loves besides his family was his 39 Ford Coupe which he had since he was 17 years old. Dana, with the help of a couple of friends, had made it road-worthy in recent years and he and Mary were actually able to take it for a ride together. He was a car enthusiast, especially of older models.
Besides his wife of nearly 51 years, Dana leaves two daughters and one son: Kris August of Keene, Kerri Taylor of Bellevue, Idaho and Dana Taylor, Jr. of Spofford and his wife Ali, his grandchildren: Lydia August of Brattleboro, Vt., Elias August of Bretton Woods, N.H., Jackson Herlinger of Bellevue, Idaho, Liv Herlinger of Bellevue, Idaho, Jacqueline Laplume and husband Ben and Tristan Blair. Great Grandchildren: Sage Wilber, Radek Lesser, Tarek Lesser, Minnie LaPlume and Beau LaPlume, his brother Earle Judson and wife Colleen of New Milford, Ct., four sister-in-laws: Barbara Lammela of Swanzey, Nancy Dunchus of Winchendon, Ma., Elsie Breen of Troy, and Carrie Mattson of Swanzey, and one brother-in-law, Robert Judd of Tennessee and many nieces and nephews. Dana was predeceased by his parents Emory and Muriel Judson, and his dear Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Ronald Gero, and sister-in-law Patricia Eagan of Springfield, Vt.
Calling hours for Dana will be Friday, May 21 at Cheshire Family Funeral Home at 44 Maple Avenue in Keene, NH from 5 pm-7 pm. Graveside Services with Military Honors and celebrant Rev. Elsa Worth will be held for the family at South Cemetery, Richmond, NH on May 22. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dana’s name may be made to one of the following:
Monadnock Humane Society, Hospice of Keene or Richmond Fire & Rescue of Richmond, N.H.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home & Crematories. To share a memory or send condolences to the family please visit www.cheshirefamilyfh.com