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Oklahoman C. W. “Chuck” Taylor

July 11, 1935—November 6, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
C. W. "Chuck" Taylor

Chicago, Ill. — Word received at the American Field Thursday morning, November 12, that longtime field trialer, bird dog trainer and club official, C. W. “Chuck” Taylor of Woodward, Okla., had died on Friday, November 6, in Oklahoma City.

Charles W. Taylor, better known in the bird dog and field trial circles as Chuck, was born July 11, 1935 in Shattuck, Okla., the son of George and Thelma Taylor.

Chuck was reared on the family farm near Sharon, Okla., graduating from Sharon High School.

Chuck and Oma Jean Tillford married in July, 1954, and made their home in Weatherford. They were blessed with four children — Kelly, Kathy, Tony and Jamie.

Chuck returned to Sharon where he continued the life he loved, farming and ranching.

He married Donna Jeanne Carter in 1986 and they made their home in Woodward.

Besides his ranching, Chuck was also involved with bird dogs, both as a breeder and trainer-handler of the first water. Many of the dogs emanating from his kennel bore the Broadway prefix to their names.

Reminiscing about Chuck, Coloradoan Ralph Millie, who was the principal of the Colorado Open Shooting Dog Championship, said, “Chuck admired NFL quarterback Joe Namath who won the 1969 Super Bowl with the New York  Jets, and whose nickname was ‘Broadway Joe,’ and that’s where Chuck got the prefix for his dogs.”

Chuck was a mainstay of the Woodward County Club, was involved for a goodly term with the International Endurance Shooting Dog Championship and several other trials held the Lake Murray grounds near Ardmore, Okla.

He was a perennial competitor in the Colorado Open Shooting Dog Championship when held at the Dearing Ranch in Arnett, about 25 miles from Woodward. He won the Colorado twice, in 2001 with Broadway Buckshot and 2002 with Kansas Express Rob. He also won runner-up in those two years with Broadway Joker and Broadway Hotshot, respectively.

He won the International Endurance Shooting Dog Championship in 1970 with Paladin's Pal George, and a second time in 2000 with Broadway Buckshot.

Chuck won the Oklahoma Open Shooting Dog Championship in 2007 with Broadway Bumblebee, and the Jayhawk Shooting Dog title with Broadway Hot.

He won the American Field Quail Futurity at the McFarlin Ingersoll Ranch near Inola, Okla.,  in 1998 with Broadway Squire, and the Midwestern Shooting Dog Futurity two years earlier (1996) with Broadway Playboy.

Each spring, for several years after the major circuit field trial season ended, Chuck welcomed his guests John Rex Gates and his brother the late Robin Gates to western Oklahoma for a week of turkey hunting.

Chuck is survived by his wife Donna, his children, and stepchildren; thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Friday, November 13, in South Persimmon Cemetery in Sharon, Okla.

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