Robert Ray Taylor

Born: Sat., Feb. 19, 1944
Died: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018


Memorial Service

10:30 AM Sat., Oct. 06, 2018
Location: Calvary Gospel Church


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Robert Ray Taylor, age 74, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018 at his residence.  He was born on February 19, 1944 in Beardstown, IL to Floyd and Louise Kelce Taylor.  He married Shirley Guffey on June 28, 1969 in Virginia, IL, and she preceded him in death on August 14, 2013.

Robert graduated from Beardstown High School and went on to attend an automotive school before joining the United States Army.  After his honorable discharge from the US Army, he worked as a welder and mechanic.  His last job was working at Wayne B. Smith, Inc. in Louisiana, MO.  Robert loved fishing and hunting, and also enjoyed ice skating and water skiing in his earlier years.  He was very talented with his hands.  He belonged to the Miners' Union, and was also a member of the American Legion.  Robert was a family man that was always ready to lend a helping hand.

He is survived by his son, Richard Taylor of Quincy, IL;  two daughters, Deborah (Brian) Schlieper of Lovettsville, VA and Connie (Tony) Keely of Summer Hill, IL; eleven grandchildren, Whitley, Matthew, Aurelia, Darcy, Andrew, Zackary, Keenan, Kaleb, Mesha, Hailey, and Christopher; brothers, John (Elaine) Taylor of Springfield, IL and Gary Taylor of Irons, MI; sisters, Judy Taylor of Jacksonville, IL, Iris Taylor of Jacksonville, IL, Anita (Richard) DeLaPorte of Jacksonville, IL and Jennifer (Glen) Taylor-Brown of Waverly, IL; and a sister-in-law, Lori Taylor of Texas.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Guffey; his parents; one brother, Bruce Taylor; and sister-in-law, Fran Taylor.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Calvary Gospel Church in Summer Hill with Roger Brokaw officiating.  Interment will be at a later date.  Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post # 370.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organization:

American Legion Post # 370
Louisiana, MO

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Gary Taylor and Gail Hindley
   Posted Thu October 04, 2018
To my sister's,brothers,nieces and nephew,I wish to express our deepest regrets for our loss. Robert(Bob) will be deeply missed as he joins Shirley in the here after. He will always remain in our thoughts and our prayers.God bless

Bertie Taylor
   Posted Thu October 04, 2018
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Enjoyed talking to him at the reunion this past summer. Bob is in a better place now, free from pain and discomfort. Thoughts and prayers from all the cousins!

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