Melvin "Buck" Taylor

19 July, 19312 June, 2019

Melvin “Buck” Taylor, 87, of Pekin passed away at 1:00 a.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Pekin Manor. He was born July 19, 1931 in Pekin, IL the son of Freeman and Minnie Williams Taylor. He married Marjorie Tisdale on June 12, 1960. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2013. Melvin is survived by two daughters, Darlene (David L) Keen and Wanda Buckley both of Manito; four grandchildren, Tina (Paul) Cargill of Pekin, Trina Buckley of Manito, Tracy (Tracy) Ward of Manito, and David (Marilyn) Keen of Creve Coeur; four great-grandchildren, Derek McDonald of Peoria, Corbin (Katie) Seitz of College Station, TX, Anthony Ward and Angela Ward, both of Manito; one sister, Pauline “Toots” Guthrie of Pittsfield, IL; and three nephews, Randy (Rita) Taylor of Pekin, Ronnie (Almeda) Taylor of Pekin, and Richard (Julie) Taylor of Manito. He is also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jack and Jim Taylor; and two sisters, Betty Miller and Stella Callaway. Melvin was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. He worked in maintenance at American Distillery and Midwest Grain for many years. After his retirement, he worked in maintenance at Woolsey Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019 at Woolsey Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Pastor Bob DeBolt will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Greater Peoria Honor Flight. To view Melvin’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


  • Freeman Taylor, Father
  • Minnie M. Williams Taylor, Mother
  • Marjorie Tisdale Taylor, Wife
  • Darlene and David L. Keen, Daughter
  • Wanda Buckley, Daughter
  • Tina and Paul Cargill, Grandchild
  • Trina Buckley, Grandchild
  • Tracy and Tracy Ward, Grandchild
  • David and Marilyn Keen, Grandchild
  • Derek McDonald, Great-grandchild
  • Corbin and Katie Seitz, Great-grandchild
  • Anthony Ward, Great-grandchild
  • Angela Ward, Great-grandchild
  • Pauline "Toots" Guthrie, Sister
  • Jack Taylor, Brother
  • Jim Taylor, Brother
  • Betty Miller, Sister
  • Stella Callaway, Sister
  • Randy and Rita Taylor, Nephew
  • Ronnie and Almeda Taylor, Nephew
  • Richard and Julie Taylor, Nephew
  • - Buck was preceded in death by his parents, Freeman and Minnie; wife, Marjorie; brothers, Jack and Jim; sisters, Betty and Stella

  • Greater Peoria Honor Flight


  • Visitation Friday, 7 June , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 7 June , 2019


Melvin "Buck" Taylor

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Steve Tisdale

June 7, 2019

It was always a pleasure to greet my uncle, Buck, at Walmart when running errands. Always made the day a better one.