Taller, Bryce

April 23, 1927 - July 17, 2020

On July 17, 2020, we lost a good and kind man. Bryce Taller passed away at the age of 93 from natural causes.

A dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Bryce was married to the love of his life, Wilma, for 69 years before her passing in 2016. They made their home all those years in Oklahoma City. Bryce was Wilma’s devoted caregiver for many years as Wilma dealt with the challenges of rheumatoid arthritis. Their dedication and commitment to each for each other, through good times and bad, demonstrates a strength and resiliency that speaks to the power of unconditional love.

Their first date was when Bryce, as a young man of 18, offered to take Wilma for a flight in a Piper Cub J-3. Wilma, with an equally adventuresome spirit agreed and took off from the small airport in north Oklahoma City for an aerial tour of the city. On another day they flew over the Oklahoma plains until things got dicey when Bryce lost his way somewhere over Kansas. He managed to get the plane back to the airport before nightfall with barely enough fuel.

Bryce was a man of extraordinary talents. In addition to his work as a refrigeration and maintenance mechanic, and caring for Wilma, he was an exceptional craftsman. Early in their marriage, Bryce and Wilma wanted to take violin lessons together, so Bryce made them violins. He built most of the furniture for their home and he continued his using his skills later in life to build exquisite clipper and square rig ship models, fabricating each piece. He taught himself metal working and casting to create authentic model steam engines. He also spent several years on his hobby of studying and raising tropical fish.

Bryce was an avid bike rider. His most memorable excursion was a solo bike trip in Colorado which took him over the Continental Divide. He carried his gear and camped along the way, traveling along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bryce continued to ride his bike daily until his early 90’s. Late in his 80’s, after a spill on a morning ride, Bryce recognized it was time to park his two-wheel bike. He ordered a kit for three-wheeler on the internet, assembled it himself and rode this more stable bike for several years.

Married in 1947, Bryce and Wilma had 3 daughters, Jeannie, deceased in 1998, Peggy Taller Rocklin of Lakewood, Colorado, Brenda Taller Catlett of Dallas, Texas.

Bryce is also survived by grandchildren, Andy Morris, Kelsey Rocklin and Logan Rocklin. Andy is mom to Bryce’s only great-grandchild, Ethan. Bryce is also survived by his son-in-law, Peggy’s husband, Rob Rocklin.

Bryce’s son-in-law and Brenda’s husband, Dave Catlett, friend and caregiver survives Bryce along with Brenda’s children and Bryce’s grandchildren, Sam Stephens, Jeffrey Stephens and Tracy Stephens.

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