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Richard "Rich" Evan Taylor

August 6, 1974October 5, 2021

Richard (Rich) Evan Taylor of West Mansfield, Ohio passed away on October 5, 2021 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Rich was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois on August 6, 1974. After moving from Illinois, he resided in Arkansas and Ohio.

Rich is survived by his father, Richard; mother, Catherine; siblings, Robert, Jennifer, Kimberly, Sierra, Nick, Heather, Nikki, Jamie, and their families; step-children, Tessie and Dalton; aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Philip and Jane Taylor and maternal grandparents, Charles and Francis Pappalardo.

Rich enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, playing games, watching sports, fixing cars, and adored his nieces and nephews. Rich had a great mind and was a problem solver. He was also a jokester and always teasing those around him.

Rich was his mother’s first-born blessing and named after his father, with whom he shared a birthday. He will be deeply missed by all.

Memorial services will be at a later date. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. To place online condolences, visit


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Richard "Rich" Evan Taylor

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Debbie Mills

October 12, 2021

Richie was our firstborn everything. Grandson, son and nephew. Our family waited with breathless anticipation for his grand entrance. I was determined to be the family member who received the call saying he was finally here. After a week of sleeping on the floor by the telephone, I received the long awaited call. We quickly packed up the car and headed to Illinois to meet our new baby. Richie didn’t disappoint. I think he still was the most beautiful newborn I have ever seen. You were loved beyond measure by your entire family and you left us way too soon. I will miss seeing you and talking to you in the years to come, but I have every assurance you are with Jesus and are happy and whole at last. I love you, Richie. Aunt Debxxoo