Charles Taylor

Posted Online: July 03, 2014, 5:54 pm
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Charles T. "Chuck" Taylor, 70, of Oelwein, Iowa, died Tuesday afternoon, July 1, 2014, at UnityPoint-Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein, with the Rev. Paul C. McManus and Deacon Jim Patera officiating.
Visitation will be 4 to 7:30 p.m. today at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein. There will be a military service at 6 p.m. and parish scripture service at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Online obituary at
Charles Talbert Taylor was born March 9, 1944, in Baraboo, Wis., son of Talbert Tilford and Margaret Aurelia McDermott Taylor. He graduated from Moline High School. Chuck received his A.A. degree from Black Hawk College in Moline and his B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Chuck proudly served in the U.S. Army in An Khe, South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Chuck was united in marriage to Patricia Ellen Silha on April 29, 1972, in Homewood, Ill.
Chuck moved his family to Oelwein 35 years ago. He worked as an engineer at Donaldson Co., Waterloo Industries and several other area firms. He later founded Saluki Plastics in Oelwein. The past five years, he served area communities as a substitute high school teacher.
Chuck was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein Knights of Columbus, Oelwein American Legion Ross Reid Post No. 9 and the Oelwein Health Care Coalition. He was formerly the Fayette County Democratic chairman for five years, and he passionately dedicated much of his time to his party's causes.
Chuck was an avid Chicago sports fan, fantasy sports fan and a fan of any football team coached by his son, Nick. Chuck was a loving and devoted husband and was completely and totally proud of his sons and grandchildren; they were the lights of his life. Chuck's outgoing, caring spirit was evident in his efforts to support the political process and his support of the military and veterans. He was greatly loved by many.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Pat Taylor, Oelwein; three sons and grandchildren, Chris (Sara) Taylor and their children, Aiden and Chase, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Matt (Marie) Taylor and their son, Alex, Huntley, Ill., and Nick (Trace) Taylor and their daughter, Maggie, Sioux City, Iowa; sister, Peggy Taylor, Hampshire, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.


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