In Memory

Charles T Taylor

Charles T Taylor

Charles Talbert Taylor
(March 9, 1944 - July 1, 2014)

Charles T. “Chuck” Taylor, 70, of Oelwein, Iowa died on Tuesday afternoon, July 1, 2014 at Unity Point-Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Mass of the Resurrection: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein with Rev. Paul C. McManus and Deacon Jim Patera officiating. Visitation: 4:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home, Oelwein. Military Service: 6:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home. Parish Scripture Service: 7:30 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home. Interment: Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. Online Obituary at:

Charles Talbert Taylor was born on March 9, 1944 in Baraboo, Wisconsin the son of Talbert Tilford & Margaret Aurelia (McDermott) Taylor. He graduated from Moline High School in Moline, Illinois. Chuck received his A.A. Degree from Black Hawk College in Moline and his B.A. Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. 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, Illinois. Chuck moved his family to Oelwein 35 years ago. He worked as an engineer at Donaldson Company, Waterloo Industries and several other area firms. He later founded Saluki Plastics in Oelwein. The past five years he served the 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 #9 and the Oelwein Health Care Coalition. He was formerly the Fayette County Democratic Chairman for five years where 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 of Oelwein; 3 Sons & Grandchildren: Chris (Sara) Taylor and their children, Aiden & Chase, of Poughkeepsie, New York,Matt (Marie) Taylor and their son, Alex, of Huntley, Illinois & Nick (Trace) Taylor and their daughter, Maggie, of Sioux City, Iowa; Sister: Peggy Taylor of Hampshire, Illinois and Many Nieces & Nephews.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.

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07/04/14 03:27 PM #2    

Jon Schiewe

One day we're communicating on Facebook and suddenly, he is gone.  I am still overwrought.  He was a joy to know and will be deeply missed.  Facebook will never be the same for those who were his friends.  My deepest sympathy to Pat and his family.

07/04/14 07:57 PM #3    

Sandra L Buchholz (Perry)

Chuck was a great and faithful friend who reached out to me and others during times of grief or sadness.  We attended his wedding.  The world was blessed by his life and lessened by his passing. God Bless his wife and family.


07/05/14 07:40 AM #4    

Sandra Stratton (Womack)

I am sorry Earl and I never got to know Chuck. He sounds like an amazing guy. 

Our sympathies to his family and friends. 

Sandy and Earl Womack

07/06/14 03:22 PM #5    

Russell D Howard

Chuck was an easy-going guy in high school and would always talk with you.  After the 50th reunion, he asked me to help his son, who lives in our present retirement town, as he was interested in politics here with the background I had lived. I wil continue his request since his passing came way too soon.

07/07/14 01:00 PM #6    

Nancy A Groene (Bené)

In the late 1950s when Dick Clark's American Bandstand was the big thing, the Quad Cities had their own version that was filmed live and shown on local TV Saturday afternoons. Chuck Taylor got tickets and invited me to be his date. We went to a small studio in Davenport and danced with about 6 or 7 other couples to music played on a record player. There were a few people who saw the show and noted (or told me) that we were the best dancers that day.


07/07/14 03:39 PM #7    

Mary E Wallaert (Wall)

I, too, am sorry I didn't get to know Chuck better when we were in school.  But he was a great Facebook friend!  I already miss his input.  Mary Wallaert Wall

07/08/14 03:36 PM #8    

Mary Ann Morgan (Anderson)

I am so sorry to hear about Chuck Taylor's passing.  His family moved into my neighborhood on 36th street next to Tom Bustard.  His parents built their house on what was our neighborhood softball lot, so we weren't that happy about it at the time in grade school or jr. high.  But we got over it and they were great neighbors.  I didn't know Chuck that well in high school, but it is good to see what a contribution he made to his family and community.

07/09/14 03:37 PM #9    

Marilyn Vogelaar (Karnig)

About the time we started high school, Chuck Taylor moved into my 36th St neighborhood,  Sadly, I only knew him well enough to say hi at school or wave in the driveway.  Like Mary Ann and Sandy, I wish I had know Chuck better.  He was a good kid who became a fine man.  So many people pass through our lives and we miss opportunities to really get to know them.  My sincere condolences to all of Chuck's family.

07/11/14 10:08 PM #10    

Richard C. Anderson

I was so sorry to hear about Chuck. Quite a shock. I knew Chuck best during our junior high school days and often spent time at his folks house with him. He threw some great parties there. Even spent some time on his dad's very nice boat. We drifted apart after that and then ran into each other at one of our MHS Class of 1962 reunions. Since then we kept in touch by Facebook. Chuck was among the many classmates who expressed concern over Sylvia's health, which I appreciated tremendously, and which, I believe, illustrates his concern for others, regardless of their political leaning. Chuck and I had some differing political views, but we knew that beneath all that we were both interested and concerned. I agree with what Jon Schiewe has said. One day he is here with us, and then, suddenly, without warning, he's gone.

07/21/14 10:52 AM #11    

Karen Lootens (Chantry)

This was a huge shock to me given I had spoken to Chuck weeks before and had an email from him the evening before his surgery; Chuck and Pat along with my husband and me got together on several occasions for events such as Ravinia, Galena. and even meeting up in Lindsborg, Kansas three years ago; I did not know Chuck that well in high school; We figured out we were in Physics class together, but otherwise, not sure; My husband and I sat with Chuck and Pat and Mel Piff and his wife at the 40th reunion, and it was after that we began to communicate and get together.  I talked to Pat after the funeral that I was not able to attend, but I will be coming to Moline for the burial at Arsenal Island.  I miss Chuck a great deal and Pat too, of course.  Chuck was a great guy, one of the good guys,  Writing this on his Memory page makes it all the more real and painful.  Chuck, you are sorely missed.

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