Edgar Arnold Taylor, World War II veteran, entrepreneur and teacher, died Friday under hospice care. He was 85.
Born in Coatesville, Pa., Mr. Taylor moved with his family to North Tonawanda, where he graduated from North Tonawanda High School. He continued his education at the University at Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master's degree in education.
Mr. Taylor served in the European Theater from 1942 to 1946 as part of the 342nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion, which saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, Mr. Taylor taught social studies and English at several schools in the Buffalo area.
Mr. Taylor owned and operated several coin laundries and dry cleaning establishments in Kenmore, Amherst, Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda. Before retiring, he ran Alice's Laundromat & Dry Cleaning in the Town of Tonawanda.
His first wife, the former Alice M. NcMillen, died in 1972.
Survivors include his second wife, the former Henriette M. Murphy; one son, Edward; three stepsons, Roger, Frederick and Paul Hoefler; two stepdaughters, Louise Ann Finnerty and Linda Fraile; and two brothers, Joseph and Curtis.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Northtowns Chapel of Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.