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 Cecil J Taylor

Cecil J Taylor

Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan, USA
Death 6 Jun 2008 (aged 74)
Marquette, Marquette County, Michigan, USA
Burial Newberry, Luce County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 49445546 · View Source
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Cecil J. Taylor, 74, of Newberry, Michigan, died at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette on Friday, June 6, 2008.

Cecil was born in Petoskey on January 29, 1934, the eldest of 11 children to Cecil F. Taylor and Marcella (Stradling) Taylor. While a youngster he attended Holy Childhood Schools in Harbor Springs, but he graduated from Newberry High School in the Class of 1952. At Newberry High, he enjoyed participating in track.

Following graduation Cecil became a seasonal employee as a towerman for the State of Michigan. In the off season, he worked down state at Motorwheel. Cecil was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1955 - 1957. Following his service obligation he returned to his employment with the state again, this time as seasonal towerman in the Field Administration Division of the Department of Natural Resources. He served in this capacity at both the Hamilton Lake Tower and the Paradise Tower and was promoted to Forest Fire Officer in 1959. In 1971 he transferred to the Law Enforcement division and became a conservation officer. A passion that turned to a vocation started in May of 1970, when Cecil earned a Student Pilot certificate. He earned his Commercial Pilot rating in June of 1971, his Instrument rating in 1973 and then began instructing students in both VFR and Instrument Flying. After attaining these ratings, Cecil became one of only a few individuals that earned the title Conservation Officer Pilot. Cecil retired in this capacity from the DNR in 1992.

Cecil enjoyed reloading firearm ammunition and in the mid 1960's found himself creating Cecil J. Taylor Custom Reloading, a reloading company for himself and other individuals. It grew to a customer list that included police agencies, colleges, and other government agencies. His passion for flying found him creating Taylor Flying Service in 1980.

Following his retirement from the State in 1992, Cecil had several contracts with the state for Fire Patrol and fish, eagle and cormorant counts. He sold his flying service in 2001. Cecil was a member of the S.E.R.A.chapter, and the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, St. Gregory Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Cecil was an avid hunter. He especially enjoyed his turkey hunts, but also hunted deer, bear and every year the Taylor women put up with the annual waterfowl get together consisting of his sons, sons-in-law and friends. He enjoyed sailing at his cottage at Round Lake, and spending time at his camp, also known as the "prop", out North.

Survivors included his wife, the former Doris Matelski whom he married on September 18, 1954 in Newberry and children: Joe (Linda) of St. Johns; Jean Shaffer of Tullahoma, TN; Rita (Terry) Jutila of Marquette; Pete (Kathy) of Ishpeming and Sandy (Ken) Gill of Newberry. Also surviving are his 8 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 4 step grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren and siblings: Ivan, Bobby, Shirley, Helene, and Catherine.

Cecil Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Clyde, Donnie, Theresa, Alice, and Ruthie.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49445546
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cecil J Taylor (29 Jan 1934–6 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49445546, citing Forest Home Cemetery, Newberry, Luce County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Twist (contributor 46920390) .