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Willis Taylor III Obituary
WILLIS HARRISON TAYLOR III, 'POPS' ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Willis Harrison Taylor III "Pops", 66, a combat Vietnam veteran, proud U.S. Marine, loving husband, loving father, son, brother, friend, and our hero, Willis "Bill" H. Taylor III of Alamogordo, previously of Pecatonica and Rockford, Ill., passed Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in the comfort of his home. Born July 17, 1946, in Rockford, son of Willis Harrison Taylor Jr. and Doris Taylor. Willis joined the Marines on July 15, 1966, he was a marksman rifleman, Purple Heart, and Presidential Citation recipient. He also was one of the courageous Marines who charged Hill 881 and was referred to as one of the "Walking Dead." After Willis's combat days he returned to Rockford and attended college coursework in engineering and many other trades such as a journeyman carpenter and millwright. He married the love of his life, Wanda Fay Morrison Czarnikow on Oct. 19, 1979. Willis retired in Alamogordo in 2006, where he could ride his Harley any time of year. He truly enjoyed riding and he also rode for a cause. "Willie T" was Sgt. at Arms for the American Legion Patriot Rider. Willie T patriotically escorted the fallen and returning service members rain or shine. He looked forward to his annual Wounded Warrior Run or Legacy Runs to San Antonio and to Arizona as well. He was our warrior and will be dearly missed. He is survived by wife, Wanda F. Taylor; children, Teena M. Czarnikow, Tamma M Czarnikow, Wade D. Taylor and Crystal N. Taylor; furry sidekick, Rosie; grandchildren, Jessica (Caden) Turbeville and Trenton D. Taylor; great-grandchildren, Abegael Bustemante, Samantha and James Turbeville; mother, Doris Taylor; brothers, Henry and John Taylor; special friends, Pat Scherf and Rudy Sanchez; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Predeceased by father, Willis H. Taylor Jr. Direct cremation will take place under the care of PCS Direct Cremation Services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project. To sign the online register book, please visit cremation-pcs.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2012
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