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Thomas George Taylor was born on August 14, 1949 in Traverse City, MI to Verna Jean and John R. Taylor Sr. Tom grew up in Cheboygan, MI with his older sister Janice and younger brother John R. Jr. After graduating from high school, Tom moved to Champaign, IL to attend the University of Illinois and graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in History. While living in Champaign, he met and married his wife, Kimberly, in the fall of 1974.
Throughout his life, Tom loved playing the drums and was in a touring band in the 70’s called the Tennessee Playboys. He also adored anything relating to aviation and had obtained his pilot’s license at the age of 19. Tom was a fiercely humorous, joyful spirit who loved making people laugh. He was left handed, loved the color green, and always had a joke or story ready to tell.
Tom passed away on September 2, 2021 surrounded by family. He is very much loved, missed, and honorably survived by his wife of 47 years (Kimberly), his oldest daughter and her family (Shannon, Ryan, Alexis, Taylor, and Mason Helms), his oldest son and his family (Ryan, Kim, Kendall, Keira, and Kami Taylor), his youngest daughter and her partner (Courtney Taylor and Jacob Brewer), and his youngest son and his child (Cameron and Oakley Taylor).