Melvin E. "Gene" Taylor

May 31, 1928 - July 27, 2020

Melvin  E.


Melvin E. (Gene) Taylor, 92, of Belvidere, IL, died peacefully, July 27, 2020, at his home in Belvidere. He was born to Melvin G. and Nelva (Lobdell) Taylor, May 31, 1928 in Belvidere. Gene married his sweetheart, Beverly Beecham, May 2, 1954, at First Baptist Church in Belvidere. He graduated high school and went on to study in college. Gene worked many years at Barber Colman Company in Rockford, building actuators for airplanes and also worked for North Health Care in Rockford. He proudly served in the United States Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Belvidere for 66 years holding multiple positions including trustee, head usher and being on the committee to build the new church in the 1960’s. Gene was a huge fan of sports. He loved the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. His main sport in high school was basketball and he was awarded Honorable Mention for All State and was captain of the team. Family was always first. He loved to vacation with family at Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Gene is loved and will be truly missed by his wife, Beverly Taylor; children, Brad (Cindy) Taylor; Mark (Lori) Taylor and Stephanie Diaz; grandchildren, Shaun (Sherri) Taylor, Ashlee (Drew) Hilton, Troy (Nicole) Taylor, Kim Taylor, Zachary Taylor, Kourtney Taylor, Holly Taylor, Michael Hahnen, and Jade Diaz; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Luanne Grubb; and son in-law, Isaac Diaz.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020, at First Baptist Church, 1255 W Jackson St, Belvidere, IL 61008. A visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., prior to the service. In accordance with state guidelines, only 100 people will be allowed in the church during the visitation and funeral ceremony. Due to state guidelines, masks and social distancing are encouraged. Pastor David Love will officiate. Burial at Highland Garden of Memories. Memorials to the family in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank Dr. Malaker, Dr. Korkmaz and OSF Hospice for the exceptional care and grace for Mr. Taylor. He fought a good fight with cancer. To light a candle or write a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Saturday, August 1, 2020
11:30 am - 12:45 pm

First Baptist Church

(815) 547-5800

A visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Saturday, August 1, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

First Baptist Church

(815) 547-5800

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at First Baptist Church, 1255 W Jackson St, Belvidere, IL 61008. In accordance with state guidelines, only 100 people will be allowed in the church during the visitation and funeral ceremony. Due to state guidelines, masks and social distancing are encouraged. Pastor David Love will officiate.

Highland Garden of Memories

Burial at Highland Garden of Memories.

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Sending love and deepest sympathy to the whole Taylor family and fondly remembering a strong, kind and wonderful man. ❤️

Kirsten Weiss 2020-08-01T10:14:28

My sympathy Bev to you and your family. Just remember all the wonderful 66 years you and Gene had together raising your children, and enjoying your times at Lake Mills, attending church gatherings, and wonderful times with friends. May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead and may God bless you and your wonderful family.
Your classmate, Bonnie Fish

Bonnie Fish 2020-07-31T11:57:22

So very sorry to read of Gene’s passing. I knew him as our mailman at the bank. He always had a smile on his face and was so upbeat every day. Stephanie, I am so thankful my family and I had a chance to see your performance in Branson too. My heart and prayers are with all of you. Gene was a huge blessing to all who knew him.

Cheryl Van Abbema 2020-07-31T07:30:15

Dear Bev and family,
Mom and I wanted to express our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We are grateful for the memories we have of some of the trips to Branson you and Gene made and we were talking about the time we all went to Big Cedar Lodge that summer and watched the fireworks. Gene was a kind and wonderful man and we know what losing a man like him means to his family. Our hearts and love are with you all. May God keep each of you close in his love and may your memories of his wonderful life give peace and comfort to you in the days ahead. We love you all.

Jimmy and Donna Evitts

Jimmy Evitts 2020-07-30T21:27:09

Dear Bev and family, I wanted to send love and prayers for your loss of Gene. I remember seeing him sometimes at Woodman’s shopping in his motorized cart. Even though I don’t go to the Baptist Church anymore [I live in Rockford since my husband died in 2005], I remember happy and blessed times at the church. May the Lord bless you with love and comfort as you grieve your special loved loved one. Janice Bowley Huff.

Janice Bowley Huff 2020-07-30T18:38:30

Mark and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you all have very pleasant memories to help you through your difficult time. My deepest condolences.

Cammie Wilson
AW Anderson Agency

Cammie Wilson 2020-07-30T11:07:23

Sending my sincere condolences to Gene’s family. I remember working at the Piggly Wiggly with Gene. Always so pleasant.

Bobbie Eicksteadt 2020-07-29T21:57:22

My deepest condolences to you Bev and the rest of your family. I sure did enjoy working with Gene at the bank. He always gave me plenty to think about. He was always a pleasant person to be around. Prayers and blessings.

Bill Villont 2020-07-29T19:10:19

Our prayers are with you, Bev, in your time of need.
Gene was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him.
We are here if you need anything!
Sheri and Verel Foltz

Sheri and Verel Foltz 2020-07-29T18:24:38

I am so very sorry for the loss of this beloved husband, father, and grandfather. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Theresa Sanford 2020-07-29T18:22:23

May God be with you and your family. Deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers be with you.

Carol Burns 2020-07-29T17:36:53

Bev and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Deepest sympathies, Connie & Dan Shiroda

Connie & Dan Shiroda 2020-07-29T16:52:35

Dear Bev and Stephanie, I am so sorry to read of Gene’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs from Tennessee

Kelly McGee-Allen 2020-07-29T14:18:20

My condolence to the family

Les Bodey 2020-07-29T12:13:42

So sorry about Gene. We sure had some good memories of 4-H with our families.
Dale and Marilyn Rhode

Dale and Marilyn Rhode 2020-07-29T11:40:17

I have such fond memories of Gene, especially those during our many summer vacations at Woodland Beach Resort! My heart goes out to Beverly and all the Taylor family in this time of loss. My parents are welcoming Gene into heaven with open arms and are dancing in celebration of a life well-lived.

Mary Kay McBain 2020-07-28T22:54:37

So sorry for loss. May God give you love and peace in your time of sorrow.

Nancy Schneider 2020-07-28T18:43:43

I’ve known and loved Gene my entire life, he’s was as familiar as my own grandfathers as we’ve spent so many holidays together. I appreciate every conversation, hug, hello and goodbye we’ve had. I will greatly miss him. My love and prayer are with all the Taylor’s and most of all, lovely Bev. Congrats Gene on a life well lived, family well raised and so many memories left to cherish.
Shannon, Dan, Haven and Nevaeh Goodsell

Shannon (Rennie) Goodsell 2020-07-28T17:27:49


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