Wednesday, February 25, 2015

John Robert Taylor - Tuscola

TUSCOLA – John Robert "Bob" Taylor, 102, of Tuscola passed away at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2015) at the Tuscola Health Care Center, Tuscola.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola, with the Rev. Ted Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola.
Bob was born May 2, 1912, in Petersburg, the son of the late William and Edna Lewis Taylor. He married Drusilla Smith on Aug. 7, 1938, in Tuscola. She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 1985.
Bob received his master's degree in math from the University of Illinois. He was a math, PE teacher, football, basketball and track coach at the Champaign Junior High School for 35 years. He helped to start Little League Baseball in Tuscola. After retiring from teaching, he worked for the Department of Public Aid for 10 years.
He loved the game of golf and played once a week until he was 96 years old. He played bridge and followed the Illini football and basketball teams. Bob was a member of the Tuscola United Methodist Church, Kaskaskia Country Club, Tri-City Country Club and the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his son, Jerry "Gunner" Taylor and wife Shirley of Arcola; grandchildren, Taylor Yelnick and wife Julie of Palos Park, Marissa Yelnick of Chicago and Jennifer Booker-Smith and husband Jason of Bloomington; and great-grandchildren, Addie and Adrian Yelnick, and Calder, Christina and Feifer Smith.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Candy Yelnick, in 2006.
A special thank you to all the staff at the Tuscola Health Care Center for the excellent care they gave to Dad.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army.
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