Lewis Samuel "Sam" Taylor, 85, New Philadelphia, formerly of Port Washington, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 10, 2012, in Union Hospital, Dover.

Samuel was born in Dennison, on March 29, 1927, a son of the late Lawrence Stewart Taylor and the late Ella Mae Reidenbach Taylor.

He was a World War II veteran, serving with the Navy at the conclusion of the war. When he returned to civilian life, he began a long career as a self employed truck driver. Sam hauled steel as a truck driver for over 32 years before his retirement. He was a member of the Newcomerstown Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed wood working, watching all sporting events on television, and doing mechanical work on his trucks. Sam's greatest love was spending time with his family. He was able to teach his children and friends many of life's experiences which they would not learn in a formal education setting. He was kind to all of the people that he would meet during his life and nobody was ever a stranger to Sam. He also was quick to help those in need with kind deeds which often were never noticed.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his sister and her husband, Irene and Sherel Peeper of New Philadelphia.

Sam is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ardith M. Shinabery Taylor of New Philadelphia, whom he married March 31, 1951.

Also surviving are a son and his wife, Lawrence C. "Larry" and Tina Taylor of Stone Creek; his daughter and her husband, Carla K. and Michael S. O'Dell of Stonewood, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Kari L. (Mrs. Garry) Grubb of Columbus and Lance C. Taylor of New Philadelphia; two step-grandchildren, Jarrod Stephen and Stephanie Stephen, both of Columbus; two great-grandchildren, Haley Mizer of Dennison and Camden Grubb of Columbus; and his brother and wife, John H. and Dorothy E. Taylor of Port Washington.

Funeral services to celebrate Sam's life were Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Pastor R. Wayne Baker of the Newcomerstown Church of the Nazarene conducted the services.

Burial followed in the Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia, where the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard conducted military graveside services.