Charles “Chuck” Taylor, 83, passed peacefully in his sleep on March 31, 2020 at Sweetbriar Villa in Springfield, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Joyce D. Taylor who passed in early January. Chuck was born and raised in Lane County where his grandfather helped farm and log the Fox Hollow area around Spencer Butte, including operating a small sawmill that milled much of the lumber used in homes in the area. Chuck and Joyce attended school together as children and later, as adults, they found each other again. They married in 1973 and lived in the same home until their deaths this year.
Chuck is survived by brothers James of Crow, Ore. and Quinn of Wilhoit, Ariz.; sisters Bell Johnson of Klamath Falls, Ore. and Nancy Richardson of Crow.
He is also survived by four children, Anthony Taylor of Sublimity, Ore., Melissa Taylor of Ft. Hood, Texas and Melody Taylor-Fain of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Matthew Taylor, his youngest son. Charles also had two stepsons: David Stevens of Tucson, Ariz. and Bruce Stevens of Eugene. Chuck is survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Chuck worked in the woods for more than 30 years and loved every minute of it. Together, he and Joyce owned and operated C&J Cutting, a timber cutting contractor working in and around Lane County. When an injury required him to hang up his saw and wedges, he drove long-haul freight for a time while completing a degree in Office Administration and Accounting from Lane Community College. He later held jobs as an accountant, inventory clerk, process server and security guard.
Chuck was a breeder of champion English Bulldogs for over 10 years and enjoyed square dancing over the years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife to see family and friends and in later years were snowbirds who wintered in Yuma, Ariz. They looked forward to visits from kids and grandkids and a chance to pop across the border for Coronas and shrimp or fish tacos. Chuck also enjoyed reading, putting puzzles together, riding his bicycle and shuffleboard. Chuck had a full and wonderful life and will be missed.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only a very small graveside service was held. A celebration of life will be planned for a later date.