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“Paul was a wonderful man and I will never forget him and the great times we had as a youngsters staying on the farm and visiting my cousins. My...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Michael Blomstrom - Byron, MN

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. May all the wonderful memories help you through this very sad time.g 3 L F S ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Pat Doll - Brandon, SD - Friend

“I can't imagine the reunion going on with Ruth. Rest in Peace Paul. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Glenn Sealey - Colome, SD

“It was great knowing Paul. I will always remember him consigning 600 head of cattle to our sale barn, the first 5 minutes after I met him for the...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Jay Sohler - Yankton, SD

“May God's Loving Arms Surround Each Of You This Hour In the Days Ahead. Paul was a Pillar an His Memory will never Be Forgotten. Well Done Good and...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Schon - Belle Fourche, SD

“Dear Taggerts, I was so sorry to learn of Paul's passing and I offer my most sincere condolences. I first met Paul on a 1971 hunting trip with my...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Jeff Hoffman - Lawrence, KS

“Dear Taggart family, Sympathy to all and what a lovely tribute you wrote for your Dad. Heaven has gained an angel and Ruth has her husband. My...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Sue Sperl Ames - Spearfish, SD

“Rest easy Paul.. I feel so very fortunate that I was able to meet you, Ruth and family. They made me feel welcomed even under the strangest of...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Rhonda Hawthorne - Omaha, NV

“Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved working with Paul and Ruth for many years. They often brought one or two of the...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Marcia Wranek - Mitchell, SD


Paul Everett Taggart was born on the farm north of Dallas, SD in Irwin Township, Tripp County on March 3, 1934 to Archie & Helen (Beckers) Taggart. He joined three siblings with two to follow.

Paul attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Gregory until the eighth grade. Then he started farming with his Dad and continued to do so for the next 50 years until his health would no longer permit.

Paul married Ruth Peitz on November 12, 1955 and to this union five children were born. Paul enjoyed raising sheep, hogs, and cattle and spent many a night in the farrowing house and lambing barn with his family assisting. When he wasn't busy with farming, livestock, and the pheasant hunting business, he was going to rodeos, wrestling matches, basketball, football, and baseball games. Paul served many years on the board of directors at the Dallas Elevator and was a life long member of the Knights of Columbus.

Paul didn't say a lot but when he did you better listen, as such; do something even if it's wrong, always plant wheat in the fall you don't know what spring will bring, if you keep pushing something's got to give, and if they holler don't ask them to work cattle.

Paul enjoyed going to cattle sales and was known to have an eye for cattle. He was a serious poker player and a fun-loving pitch player. A kind, quiet man that would keep our somewhat crazy family gatherings calm and sensible (or at least he tried). His deep faith was at the heart of all that he did. Paul religiously attended Mass until health conditions would not allow. Paul was a fair and most appreciative man that would never complain about anything, and that was one, among many, of the greatest life lessons he shared with his family and all that knew him.

Paul peacefully passed away at the Avera Gregory Hospital on December 10, 2016, at the age of 82.

Paul is survived by his five children, daughter Maureen (Curt) Geveshausen, Kimball, SD, son Patrick (Rita) Taggart, Dallas, SD, daughter Alice (Eddie) Shaffer, Gregory, SD, son David (Mona) Taggart, Gregory, SD, and daughter Denise (Steve) Higgins, Winner, SD; eleven grandchildren: John (Andrea) Taggart, Greg (Kristen) Richey, Christina (Ted) Hilleson, Angela (fiancé Ryan) Shaffer, Michael (friend Summer) Richey, Diana (Isaac) Dobrovolny, Kelli (Craig) Crisp, Kyle (friend Monica) Higgins, Andrew Taggart, Paul (friend Megan) Taggart, and Ryan Taggart; and ten great-children: Stella and Jameson Taggart, Luke, Jake, Kohl, and Mark Richey, Abby, Emma, and Jack Hilleson, and Kyson Crisp. He is also survived by one brother, Joseph (Gene) Taggart.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, his parents, brother James Taggart, and sisters Mary Alice, Sister Rita Taggart, Sister Anne Taggart, and Mary Overland.

We love you Dad and Grandpa until we meet again, may you live in the splendor of our Lord and Creator of all eternity.

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Funeral services for Paul Taggart, 82, were held Thursday, December 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Godfrey Muwanga as Celebrant. The Knights of Columbus served as honor guard. A rosary service was held prior to the funeral at 10 a.m. at the church.

Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir. Doris Jelinek was cantor. Musical selections were "Be Not Afraid," "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say," "I am the Bread of Life," "Song of Farewell," and "Come to Me."

Lector was Greg Richey. Eucharistic Minister was Don Stukel.

Altar Servers were Joseph Veskrna and Robert Vomacka.

Gift Bearers were Christina Hilleson and Kelli Crisp.

Peggy Schwartz and Lois Kruse were in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were grandsons Greg Richey, Michael Richey, John Taggart, Ryan Taggart, Andrew Taggart, Paul Taggart, and Kyle Higgins.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Paul's granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Gregory, SD.

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Close the Gate (For Dad)

For this one farmer the worries are over, lie down and rest your head.
Your time has been and struggles enough, put the tractor in the shed.
Years were not easy, many downright hard, but your faith in God transcended.
Put away your tools and sleep in peace. The fences have all been mended.
You raised a fine family, worked the land well and always followed the Son.
Hang up your shovel inside the barn; your work here on earth is done.
A faith few possess led your journey through life, often a jagged and stony way,
The sun is setting, the cattle are all bedded, and here now is the end of your day.
Your love of God's soil has passed on to your kin; the stories flow like fine wine,
Wash off your work boots in the puddle left by the blessed rain one final time.
You always believed that the good Lord would provide and He always had somehow,
Take off your gloves and put them down, no more sweat and worry for you now.
Your labor is done, your home now is heaven; no more you must wait,
Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, and we will close the gate.
By Nancy Kraayenhof