Madison - Paul Joseph Gaylor Jr. (Jody) was born August 30, 1926 in Springfield, Missouri, the oldest of three children of Paul Joseph Gaylor Sr. and Irma Fairman Gaylor. He was 84; his death on Thursday, May 5, 2011, was from cancer of the brain.
A World War II Navy veteran, he graduated from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri in 1949, and did graduate work at the University of Kansas City. He was active in athletics, especially boxing. He married Anne Nicol on Dec. 29, 1949 in Springfield; they lived in Madison since 1952.
He was publisher of weekly newspaper, the Middleton Times Tribune in the 1960's, and was vice-president for several years of a building maintenance company in Madison. He was a board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). After retirement, he took over household duties. He was a skilled cook and baker and presided over special "family dinners."
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Anne, and by four children: Andrew, Edgerton; twins Ian and Annie Laurie, Madison, and Jamie, Portland, Oregon. He also is survived by two much-loved granddaughters, Sabrina Gaylor and Lily Anne Gaylor; a son-in-law Dan Barker, Madison; three daughters-in-law, Lisa Strand, Edgerton, Nancy McClements, Madison, and Carrie Gaylor, Portland Oregon.
A sister, Margaret Gaylor Babunovic of Huntsville, Alabama, also survives. His younger brother, Richard, died in childhood.
Jody chose cremation with burial of ashes in a family plot. Memorials may be made to FFRF, P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701.
I don't personally recall meeting "Jody" or Joe as he was known to my father William "Bill" R Gaylor. They were cousins. What I do know is how he, my father and dad's brother Bob, all played a part in my mother's (Zola Lee) discussion with my wife and sister-in-law concerning my and Dick's proclivity of not speaking for hours on end. S Mom told them it was nothing for Bob and Joe to come to their house for a visit, spend 8 hours there, reading magazines, listening to the radio and not say a word to each other and think it was a wonderful visit. This was Mom's explanation as to why Dick and I could go for hours with out talking. "It's just how Gaylor men are." Seems like Joe became a bit more gregarious, as did Bob. Bill? Nope, which Dick and I inherited. Wish I'd known him better. Charlie Gaylor
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