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Obituary for Robert Taylor
Robert Lee Taylor, of East Peoria died at 2:56 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Vivian (Fisk) and Robert Taylor. Robert is survived by his wife, Maria; his sons: Rob (Christi Ulrich), and Andrew; sisters: June Anderson and Linda Penny; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Richard; beloved sister, Sharon; brother: Denny; his parents; and niece, Terry. Bob was a wonderful father, husband, and friend to many. He moved to Peoria, Illinois in 1970. He retired from Caterpillar, Inc. in 1999. Robert helped Maria open and operate "Simply Unique Gift Shop" in Peoria, and later, "Maria's, A Great Place to Eat", in Washington, where he enjoyed working with employees and friends. While his children were growing up, Robert became a Scout Master with St. Philomena’s Troop # 18. He enjoyed camping, hiking, and teaching his boys as well as others what he had learned from his father. He was a great handyman, and won many awards for his cooking. The most recent cooking award was for his famous chicken pot pie at "Taste of Washington, 2011". Robert grew up in the Catholic faith. In later life he became an active member of United Presbyterian Church of Peoria. He lived for his family and, most of all, to please God. He will be remembered for his kind heart. His family thanks all who helped with prayers, care, and many acts of kindness during his illness. We will miss him. His kind smile, wonderful humor, and incredible ability to make others feel special were God-given gifts. Robert left a message for you: "My heart and life were filled with love and I have been blessed with your presence in my life. Now it is time to pass down the key to you my beloved friends. I love you.” Please join us in a celebration of Robert's life on Saturday, March 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. at United Presbyterian Church 2400 W. Northmoor Road Peoria, IL 61614-3343. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to United Presbyterian Church of Peoria.