Private family services for Wes Taylor, 80 year old Buffalo resident who passed away suddenly Sunday at the home of his daughter in Buffalo, will be held at a later date. Donations in Mr. Taylor’s memory may be made to the Dan Carlat Occidental Jam Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Wesley Eugene Taylor was born on Oct. 19, 1936 in Casper, Wyoming to Bertrand and Effie Taylor. The family lived on a ranch between Casper and Shoshone until he was five years old. In 1941 they moved to the Billy Creek Ranch South of Buffalo where he grew up and received his education. He graduated from Johnson County High School with the class of 1954 and went to work for various ranches in Johnson County. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1959 and served for a short time before his father died and he received a hardship discharge to come home and help with the family ranch. He was married on June 26, 1959 in Billings, Montana to Sherry Fargo and they made their home on the family ranch. They lived and raised their family on the ranch and retired in 1999 and moved to a place on Crazy Woman Canyon Road. Sherry passed away in April of 2014 and Wes continued living in Johnson County until his death.
Wes was an excellent marksman and enjoyed all shooting and reloading activities. He also enjoyed leather work and spending time with his family. He had a passion for making sourdough bread and loved working with livestock. Wes was selected to be in the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame and will be inducted in September. When hearing about his death his niece commented to her mother “I assume he died to avoid buying new pants and talking to strangers about his fame…..”
He is survived by one son Gordon Taylor and his wife Bronwyn of Buffalo; two daughters Dr. Kim Taylor of Buffalo and Jody Karmann and her husband Craig of Rapid City, South Dakota; one brother Burt Taylor of Casper and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two sisters.