Richard “Bruce” Taggart, 70, Hays, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Russell County.
He was born Sept. 30, 1949, in Manhattan to Margaret (Parham) and Richard H. Taggart. He grew up in Hays, Kansas and was a 1967 graduate of Hays High School. After high school, he attended Fort Hays State University and received his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1972. He attended Kansas State University and received his master’s degree in biology in 1974.
He married Germaine Bollig on Jan. 31, 1970, in WaKeeney. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January of 2020. In 1974, he went to work for the Department of Fish and Game, retiring from that agency in December 2009.
He was devoted to his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and determined to share his passion for hunting and fishing, especially with his grandchildren. He enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and spending time at the cabin he built from an abandoned granary in Trego County.
Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Travis Taggart and wife, Sarah, Hays; a daughter, Kelsey Pipkin and husband, Nick, Berryton; his mother-in-law, Christina Bollig, WaKeeney; a brother, Tom Taggart and wife, Janet, Bunker Hill; two sisters, Connie Taggart, Shawnee Mission, and Phyllis Shipley and husband, Steve, Gladstone, Mo.; six grandchildren, MacKenzie Schuckman and husband, Kelton, Hill City, Meg Taggart, Hays, Adyson Pipkin, Berryton, Jesse Taggart and Trace Jacobs, both of Hays, and Josiah Shirley, Emporia; and a great-grandson, Sullivan Schuckman, Hill City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a father-in-law, Julius Bollig.
To celebrate his life his family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601. A luncheon will follow. A private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Taggart Grandchildren Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral chapel.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.