Obituary: Philip K. Taylor



Philip K. Taylor, 61, of Noblesville, died May 18, 2014 just one month after his diagnosis with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born Feb. 7, 1953 in Vincennes, he was the son of Leland and Mida Taylor.

He had a passion for life that was driven by his ever-present thirst for knowledge and an unmatched devotion to his family, his friends, and even those he did not know but hoped to help.

He cherished fond memories of his time in Bloomington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Indiana University in 1974. He then studied at Vincennes University to become a registered nurse, the profession through which he would meet the love of his life, Karen Kender. The couple was married in 1978 and became proud parents of Amber in 1982 and Marla in 1984. As an adoring husband and doting father, he brought endless joy, love, and laughter to his family. When Karen suddenly lost her life in 1996, he quickly filled the role of both parents, lovingly raising the girls to become strong, smart, and caring adults, just like their mom and dad.

While serving as a psychiatric nurse, he was beloved by his patients and colleagues for his patience, positive attitude and devoted care. More recently, as a clinical consultant, he touched the lives of new friends and colleagues throughout the country where he shared his passion for teaching, solving problems and learning from others.

As he did throughout every challenge in life, he maintained his strength, positive attitude and devotion to his family throughout his last month alive. His warmth, intelligence, and humor will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his brothers, Elliott Taylor and Bruce Taylor; daughters Amber (Michael) Kemper and Marla Alex Tachtiris) Taylor; and granddaughters, Hallie and Zoey Kemper.

A celebration of life will be held at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center at Hamilton Memorial Park, 4180 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, on May 22. Visitation begins at noon with services at 2 p.m. A private burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for remembrances to be made through donations in honor of Phil to one of his charities of choice: Futures for Children ( or WFYI (


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