In Memory

Ricky Taylor

Ricky Taylor suffered a fatal heart attack on July 5, 2011.


Mr. Samuel Richard “Rick” Taylor, Jr., age 58, of Waukegan, Illinois, a Shelbyville native, died Monday, July 4, 2011, in Chicago. 
Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Fairlane Church of Christ.  Geoff Giesemann will officiate, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. 
He was born January 11, 1953, in Shelbyville, Tennessee, to Jesse Stone Taylor Rees, of Shelbyville, and the late Samuel Richard Taylor, Sr.  He was a graduate of David Lipscomb University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree.  He later received a Master of Arts in Management from Regent University, and a Master of Business Administration from North Central University.  He held a Juris Doctorate degree from Marquette University.
He began his career in television broadcasting.  He then focused on the field of Asset Management, and presently had a growing law practice.  He was the 1985 recipient of the Sales Award Club-Sales Achievement in Dale Carnegie Classes, the 1989 Chairman’s Council Award from Shearson Lehman Brothers, and the 1995 Firm Wide Gathering Contest Award. 
He was a strong Christian man, a dedicated father and loving son.  Mr. Taylor was active in The Chapel, located in Libertyville, Illinois, and enjoyed spending time with his family.  He loved his job and often donated legal services as well as volunteering his time for a nation wide prayer line several hours a week.  He believed in his children and was very proud of everything they accomplished.  He enjoyed studying languages, theology, and public speaking, where he as a Dale Carnegie instructor for several years.  He was an ordained as a minister and loved preaching at the church. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by three children, Lauren Michelle Taylor, of Washington, D.C., Samuel Richard Taylor, III, of Champaign, Illinois, and Stauffer Alexander Taylor, of Vernon Hills, Illinois. 
Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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07/06/11 07:07 AM #1    

Debbie Lunsford (Fraser)

So sorry to hear the news about Ricky.  He was such a nice guy and way to young to leave us.

Rest in Peace Ricky and know that we all care about you.

03/06/12 04:03 PM #2    

Jim Seigneur

Ricky Taylor lived the most obviously Christian life of anyone I knew in high school. (That's NOT a poke at anyone else.) He really lived what he believed. It seemed that he always had a Bible with him. We had some great theological discussions on the bus. Over the years, as I have looked back at my high school days (which were so wasted), it was/is Ricky Taylor that I most wish I could have been like.

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