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Lyle Orville Taylor, Jr

February 1, 1937 ~ April 18, 2020 (age 83)


Lyle Orville Taylor, Jr, age 83 of Beardstown, died Saturday, April 18, 2020 at his home.

He was born February 1, 1937 in Beardstown, the son of Lyle and Mabel Parks Taylor, Sr. He married Shirley Marion and she preceded him in death on October 23, 1990 and later married Linda Avery.

He is survived by his wife Linda Taylor of Beardstown; two sons Rick (husband Steve Dyche) Taylor and Douglas (life partner Vonnie Stambaugh) Taylor both of Beardstown; four grandchildren Keaton and Hunter Taylor and Phillip and Heather Stambaugh; and three great grandchildren Gabby, Braden, and Anna; five brothers Keith O’Hara, Raymond Taylor, David Taylor, Lloyd Taylor, and Melvin “Bud” Taylor;  two sisters Hazel Merrick and Mary Bell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Shirley Taylor, a son Lyle Taylor III, seven brothers Kenny O’Hara, James, Robert, Ivan, Mervin, Floyd, and Jerry Taylor and a sister Shirley Applegate.

Lyle graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1955. He served in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne and was a member of Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 of Beardstown. He began working as a first mate on line boats but retired in 1999 as an Engineer with BNSF Railroad. Lyle was a volunteer fireman in Beardstown for many years. He enjoyed golfing, wood working, and yard work. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Private family services will be held with burial in the Beardstown City Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 2-6 PM Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Due to the current health situation and to comply with social distancing requirements a limited number of individuals will be permitted at one time in the funeral home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. We ask that you please comply with social distancing recommendations and we are encouraging friends to leave a condolence or memory for the family on our website

Memorials have been suggested Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post #1239 Auxiliary or Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.

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April 21, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618

Private Services

Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618

Celebration of Life to be held at a later date

Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618


Guthrie-PierceVFW Post #1239 Auxiliary
610 E. Fourth Street, Beardstown IL 62618
Tel: 1-217-323-2127

Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice
331 S. Main St., Virginia IL 62691
Tel: 1-217-452-3057

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