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Taylor, Robert

Robert Williams Taylor, a 76 year resident of Indio, passed away at his Indio home after a brief illness at the age of 86. He was born to Harold and Kathleen Williams Taylor on Sept. 27, 1927 in Redlands. He moved to Indio in 1937 at the age of ten when his father was named manager of the Indio Branch of the Bank of America. There were just two blocks of pavement in Indio then, and few houses to rent, so the Taylors' first Indio home was the noted Hopi House on Madison Street. A 1945 graduate of Coachella Valley High School, he was drafted into the United States Army at the conclusion of World War II and was stationed in Germany during the Occupation until 1947. He was graduated from Riverside Junior College in 1949 with an Associate of Arts degree. Following graduation, he joined his father at Harold Taylor Insurance in Indio, and in 1950 married Jeri Hixson of Riverside. Following his father's retirement in 1966, he owned the agency until his own retirement in 1993, which at that time was the oldest insurance agency in Indio. He was a 30 year volunteer representative of the Salvation Army for the Eastern Coachella Valley and in his typically quiet manner, received that organization's highest civilian recognition, the Drummer Boy Award in Riverside in 1978. He assisted coaching PeeWee and Midget baseball teams for four years, and was Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 51 for three years. When the Coachella Valley Museum & Cultural Center was created out of the Tyler home on Miles Avenue in 1984, he helped refurbish and renovate the yard and building along with numerous other volunteers. In more recent years, he had served as a docent at the museum, and assisted his wife with many museum fund raisers. He was a founding member of the Coachella Valley RC (radio control) Club for model airplane flying, informally organized in the early '50s with about 20 members, and served as treasurer for many years. The club now has more than 100 members and built its modern flying field in the East Valley which it operates under the auspices of the CV Recreation District. He was a loyal and devoted husband to his wife of 63 years, helping her to continue her civic and social activities in later years, and caring for her through her many surgeries. He is survived by his wife, Jeri; sons David Taylor and Tom Taylor (Nanette) and daughter, Janet Vince and her fiancé Dan Ainsworth; grandsons Scott Vince (Kari) and Mark Vince, all of Indio; sisters-in-law Maxine Gerzel, Riverside, and Lois Sheldon, Carson City, Nev. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Coachella Valley History Museum, 82-616 Miles Ave. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the adjacent Date Museum. The family wishes to particularly thank Mike Burge, D. and Kathy Papan, Rick and Luis Corona and Armando and Family Hospice Care for their assistance and consideration during Bob's illness. The Neptune Society was in charge of cremation. Remains will be interred privately at Coachella Valley Cemetery. For those wishing to do so, memorial donations in his name will be accepted by The Heritage Fund, Coachella Valley Historical Society, 82-616 Miles Ave., Indio, CA 92201, or Animal Samaritans, 72-307 Ramon Rd., Thousand Palms, CA 92276.