Jerry Taliaferro 1941-2021
Gerald Edwin “Jerry” Taliaferro, 80, Holton, died Friday, April 30, 2021, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.
He was born March 26, 1941, in Horton, the son of Jack and Theresa Meador Taliaferro. He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1959.
Mr. Taliaferro served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and was stationed in Korea in charge of transporting ammunition for military tanks. He and his wife owned and operated Holton Livestock Express in Holton from 1976 to 2013. He also owned and operated Taliaferro Farms with his brother.
He attended Evangel United Methodist Church, Atchison American Legion Post 1617 and NRA.
He married Erma “Gail” Mick on May 29, 1968 in Oklahoma. She survives.
Other survivors include a daughter, Barbara Sides and husband Troy, Holton; a son, Gerald “Jerry” Taliaferro Jr. and wife Dana, Topeka; three sisters, Mary Ann Bergmann and husband Mark, Clive, Iowa, Eileen Buttron, Lancaster, and Marsha Collins and husband Don, Valley Center; a brother, Rick Taliaferro and wife Gerri, Effingham; and three grandsons, Rusty Taliaferro and Preston and Parker Sides.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial with military honors will follow in Holton Cemetery. Mr. Taliaferro will lie in state beginning Monday afternoon, May 3, and family will greet friends Tuesday one hour prior to service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gerald Taliaferro Memorial Fund, to be designated towards a youth scholarship for diesel mechanic or semi-truck driving, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.