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Roy Taylor

October 29, 1921 — February 15, 2017

Marion-Roy Dean Taylor, 95, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the VA Medical Center. Roy was born on October 29, 1921 in Mountain View, Arkansas to Jesse and Ethyl (Berkley) Taylor.  He married LuRetta Benz on December 18, 1966 in Marion and together they shared 48 years of marriage.  She preceded him in death on January 5, 2015. Roy served honorably in the U.S. Army in WWII earning the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star as well as the Diplomatic Campaign Medal presented by the President of Brazil.  He retired from the Fish and Wildlife Refuge.  Roy was very involved in the First Baptist Church of Marion. Survivors include: Children: Lena Loreen Deutsch and spouse Willie of Alton, IL Randall Eugene Taylor and spouse Karen of Havana, IL Charles Wesley Taylor and spouse Lisa of Tucson, AZ Stepson-Robert Cassidy of LA 11 grandchildren 21 great grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; eight brothers and sisters and step daughter, Velva Waites Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Dr. Bob Dickerson officiating.  Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.  Military Rites will be performed by the Marion VFW with assistance from the National Guard.  Visitation will also be on Saturday from 9:30am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to First Baptist Church or Soldiers Honor Flight and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ 1704 N. Court/ Marion, IL   62959.  For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

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Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

1704 N Court St, Marion, IL 62959

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