Charles Leslie "Les" Taylor
BEARDSTOWN - Charles Leslie "Les" Taylor, 89 of Beardstown, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Heritage Health in Beardstown.
He was born February 4, 1924, in Rushville, the son of Max Raymond and Blanche E. Bartlett Taylor. He married Evelyn Eilleen Warden on September 16, 1944, in Rushville and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2010.
Surviving are his children, Toni J. Taylor of Beardstown and Michael (wife Tamara) Taylor of Era, TX; four grandchildren: Jim Johnson and Jerris (husband, Tom) Cross both of Beardstown, Seth Taylor of Era, TX, and Devin Taylor of Denton, TX; six great-grandchildren: Cole, Taylor, and Clay Johnson, and Collin, Caden, and Gavin Taylor; his sister, Betty (husband, Grady) Cook of Peoria; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife;, and two sisters, Virginia Warrington and Barbara Spence.
Mr. Taylor served in the US Army during World War II from March 1943 until November 1945 and was honorably discharged as Corporal serving in the 81st Combat Engineers Battalion, Company B 106 Infantry Division during the European Theater of Operations where he served in Rhineland and the Forest of Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a former POW and was awarded the ETO Ribbon, two Battle Stars, WWII Victory Medal, and a Purple Heart.
Les was formerly employed with Sangamo Construction Company in Springfield and also worked construction in Haiti, Kuwait, and St. Barts West Indies. He attended the First United Methodist Church in Beardstown and was a member of Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 in Beardstown.
Throughout his life, Les enjoyed racing go-carts, showing horses, making furniture, gun collecting, and target shooting.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in the Palm Cemetery near Rushville. The family will meet with friends from 1:30 p.m., Thursday, until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Memorials have been suggested to Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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