Chellis Eugene Taylor of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Canton, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.
CANTON — Chellis Eugene Taylor of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Canton, died on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. He was born July 16, 1931 at Graham Hospital to T. Chellis and Louise Negly Taylor.
Gene graduated from the University of Illinois where he obtained a BS degree in Ag Economics. After serving in the US Air Force, he returned to the U of I where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in Law. He practiced law in Canton for over 40 years and then served as a Fulton County judge until retiring in 2006. During his earlier years, Gene was actively involved in the community serving on multiple local and regional boards, notably MidAmerica National Bank and Graham Hospital. He loved people and was an avid reader, history buff, traveler, beloved father, brother, uncle, Christian, friend and mentor.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marian Lock. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn Wagner Taylor; his children, Ann (Steve) Curry of Phoenix, Arizona, Sara (Ted) McLees of Scottsdale, Arizona, Susan (Fred) Van Sickle of Ithaca, New York, and David (Susan) Taylor of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Matt (Misty) Curry, Rachel Curry, Aaron (Heather) Curry, Jacob McLees, Paul McLees, Kathryn Van Sickle, Colin VanSickle, Jonathan Taylor, and Elliott Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Grace Curry; and his brother, Howard Taylor.
Gene wanted to be remembered for his work as a farmer, teacher, lawyer and judge.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Canton, where he and Marilyn were long time members. A visitation will be held prior to the service at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Gene would be honored to have donations made to Fulton County IL Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), 23441 N. Chippewa Dr, Cuba, IL 61427. Donations may also be made to First Christian Church, Canton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com