Stanley W. (Pete) Taylor was born in Shelbyville, Illinois on October 5, 1925, son of Frank (Pete) and Rose Holland Taylor. He passed away in Monroe, Washington on April 11, 2013.
Pete was an Eagle Scout and served as Cub Master and Boy Scout Master for many years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Golden K Kiwanis. He served in the Navy during WWII as a Signalman Second Class. He attended Shelbyville schools, Sparks Business College and Millikin University, where he was an SAE.
Pete operated the family hatchery business in Shelbyville and in 1957 merged with Standard Hatcheries of Decatur. As an active member of the poultry hatchery business, he served as President of the Illinois Poultry and Hatchery Federation and was awarded the “Golden Egg” award for his contributions to the industry.
Pete married Ann Traver in 1948. She passed away April 11, 1955. He married Martha S. Caulkins in 1961. He and Martha were active in the harness racing business, owning several trotters and pacers. Martha passed away March 1, 2012.
Pete's children are daughters Julie Barry (Pat) of Woodinville, WA, Molly Mulligan (Tim), Monroe, WA, sons Bill (Patti) Oregon City, OR, David (Laura) Hilo, HI, and Tom (Gale) Spokane, WA. He was also “Dad” to Dan Caulkins (Jo), Decatur, Charles, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Zack (Rene), Wayne, IL, and Clay of Chicago. There are 20 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Vura Mae Abernathy and Anna Nelle Lindsey.
Obituary written by family members.