Thomas H. Taylor IV, 92, of Peoria, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at the home of his daughter, Cathy Hafley. Services were held Thursday, Aug. 30, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Peoria. The Rev. Barry Long officiated. A visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Peoria.
He was born on Jan. 13, 1920, in Geneseo, the son of Thomas H. III and Georgia June (Crist) Taylor. He married Priscilla C. "Sally" Hull on July 16, 1947, in Omaha, Neb. He was a United State Army Corps veteran, serving his nation during World War II, teaching airman to use the Nordon Bombsight. He served in Europe, Africa and was interned in Portugal from 1941 to 1945, flying in a Mitchell B-25 bomber. He worked for Bradley University for 38 years, retiring as director of purchasing in 1986. His education was in the Geneseo school system, Bombsight and Auto-Pilot schools in the Army Air Corps and he graduated from Bradley University in 1948. He was a member of the Boys Scouts and joined the Sea Scouts in his later teens.
Tom loved being at home and was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, war stories, old songs, limericks and wealth of knowledge. Friends knew him as a sweet, kind man, always willing to help. For recreation, he loved to go dancing, Bradley basketball games, and spending time with Sally, the love of his life for 65 years. His children have many wonderful memories of making ice igloos and of him making a playhouse, riding his motorcycle, tinkering in his workshop, and the many traditions they enjoyed over the years will always be treasured.
In his older years, at the age of 87, he was introduced to the world of computers and the wealth of information available. He enjoyed taking virtual tours of places he had been at during World War II, and using any and all the modes of communication that were available. He has been member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Peoria since 1973. Tom and Sally belonged to a Sunday morning Bible study and a once-a-month Bible study group.
Survivors include his wife; his children, Thomas H. Taylor V of Peoria, Cathy (Doug) Hafley of Metamora and Sharon (Jerry) Wenger of Groveland; grandchildren, Christina (Chad) Faulkner, Michelle Wenger, Kitra Wenger, Cali (Jeff) Flairty, Julie (Mike) Kamm and Thomas H. "TJ" Taylor VI; great grandchildren, Avianna Flairty, Kellen Flairty and Isabella Kamm; and sister, Lois May Adamson of Wenatchee, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Marcia Ann Taylor.
The family was blessed, and is eternally grateful for all the loving care he received during his illness. A special thanks to Dr. David Johnson, the Rev. Barry Long and Deaconess Gillian Bond. Denise, his nurse; Becky, his caregiver; his therapists; Bless and Dave from Homebound Healthcare; Dave from hospice and Cathy and Doug.