April 1, 2019 at 8:09 am #5335Don MittagParticipant
A lot of you may have already heard the Denny Taylor passed away yesterday.
The first time I met Denny was in the parking lot at Waukesha Gun club. It may have be my first State shoot, I’m not sure but he hit my brand new van. After that I got to know him quite well. He gave more time and energy to the shooters of this state than any other person I know. I don’t know when he first got involved with the WTA but the first BOD meeting I attended at Dick and Arlene house he was there. And that had to be 20 plus years ago.
During the year before, especially the couple of months before we opened, Denny and I got to spend a lot of time together running here and there. I really mean this. If it weren’t for Denny I don’t think we would have a homegrounds. There were hundreds and hundreds of hours that he donated to the WTA during that time. It didn’t change after it opened. Without his knowledge and expertise I don’t know what we would have done. And it seemed he knew everyone that we needed contact with.
Denny was the kind of person that would get under some peoples skin once in a while but he was also the most caring and generous person. If you needed something and he had one you could use it. No questions asked.
Melinda and I would like to send out our sympathies and condolences to the Taylor family. He will be missed by many.
Don and Melinda Mittag
April 1, 2019 at 8:54 am #5337James DrosterParticipant
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Thank you Don for these wonderful words and telling of the actions in the past of Denny .He was truly a Leader for the WTA and he will be remembered for all his Time and Givings .
Judy and i would like to send our Love and deepest sympathies to the Taylor family also.
James and Judy DrosterApril 1, 2019 at 6:12 pm #5339Tim ThompsonParticipant
Don, you hit the nail on the head when you said we would not have our Homegrounds without the unrelenting efforts of Denny. Such a loss to our commmunity.
My thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and family at this time.
TimApril 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm #5354
I wanted to share the obituary for Denny that will be printed in the local Muscoda paper. There will be more information about Denny’s trapshooting career in an upcoming Trap & Field edition under the Completed Careers section.
I have know Denny ever since I was very young because he was at my parents house frequently when I was growing up. Denny and I my Dad (Virgil) were the most influential people that I knew in the trapshooting world and they are the reason I am still active in the sport and love it even today.
I will miss Denny very much!!
If there any questions regarding Denny’s Celebration of Life at the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club, please don’t hesitate to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-750-1272.
Dennis Taylor, 68, of Walworth, WI, formerly of Blue River, WI and Muscoda, WI passed away March 31, 2019 in Wauwatosa, WI with his family. Born October 3, 1950 in Blue River, WI to Gale and Trudy Taylor. After graduating from Riverdale High School in 1968, Denny attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Upon graduation from UW-Platteville, Denny worked several years for Wick Homes and traveled all over the country building new homes. In 1983, Denny married the love of his life, Ruth, and they moved to Walworth, WI where he had his own carpentry business.
When Denny was growing up, the Taylor family owned a turkey farm just outside of Muscoda and they were also very heaving involved with horse showing but Denny’s real passion was trapshooting.
Denny started trapshooting in 1970 at the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club. While attending UW-Platteville in 1972, he won Class A at the ACUI National Collegiate Trapshooting Championships and was asked to participate in the Olympic Trapshooting tryouts later that summer. During the next year in 1973, Denny made his first trip to the Grand American (Vandalia, OH) with Virgil Bomkamp and Norbert Hipenbecker, all from Muscoda, and subsequently won the Grand American Handicap World Championship with a score of 99×100. Denny was the first person from Wisconsin to win the GAH Championship in 46 years.
Over the course of his long shooting career, Denny was also very active member of the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club serving as its President from 1975 to 1985. Denny was also very passionate about the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association and served on its Board of Directors, off and on, for over 5 decades. Denny was very instrumental in helping to make the new WTA home grounds in Rome, WI a reality. Denny was inducted into the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
In addition to being a great shooter and ambassador for the sport of trapshooting, Denny also liked to hunt, watch the Packers/Brewers and travel with his wife Ruth. Denny’s enthusiasm, laughter and love of life was contagious for all around him.
Denny was preceded in death by his father Gale, and is survived by his wife Ruth, mother Trudy of Muscoda, brother Jerry (Laurene) of Mukwonago, brother Jack (Kay) of Lone Rock, and nephews & nieces as well as many friends.
Per Denny’s wishes, there will be no service held but rather a celebration of life at the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Condolences or donations may be made to the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club or the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association.April 6, 2019 at 9:05 am #5359Andy HallParticipant
I meet Denny at a shoot, which I believe was early 2002, we just started a conversation, which became a norm when we would meet. Last year at the State Shoot when Denny and Ruth was leaving they stopped by my motor-home. As always a short conversation turned into a long one. Ruth you had a very good partner in life and I wish you and your family our condolences and prayers for your loss. Denny thank you for making trapshooting better. Denny R.I.P. Andy & MonicaApril 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm #5370
I made a mistake in Denny’s obituary. He was the first Wisconsin resident in 56 years to win the Grand American Handicap.May 7, 2019 at 11:43 am #5491
Just a quick reminder that Denny Taylor’s celebration of life at the Muscoda Sportsman’s Club will take place this Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Any question please contact:
Brad Bomkamp – (630) 750-1272 or Virgil Bomkamp – (608) 475-0295
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