DAVENPORT — Alvis “Al” M. Taylor, 93, of Davenport passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at his son’s home in Milan. A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at St. John Vianney Church in Bettendorf. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Inurnment will follow at noon at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Milan American Legion Post 569 and buglers Tracy Hepner and Bill Hall will provide military honors. Those wishing to attend the committal service at the cemetery should gather in the parking lot east of Ducky’s Formal Wear in downtown Moline, by 11:45 a.m. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.
Alvis Marshal Taylor was born March 18, 1923, in Caldwell, Texas, the son of William M. Taylor and Martha E. (Harper) Taylor. Al attended Caldwell High School. In 1994, he received a diploma with credit for graduation with the class of 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 27, 1939, and was shipped to Hawaii and the Division Medical Detachment, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, later becoming the 24 Medical Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. Al attained every rank from Specialist Sixth Class to include First Sergeant. On his way to Transportation Corps Officers Candidate School (OCS) at Mississippi State University in Starkville, he married Mary Emma Garrett on Dec. 20, 1942, in Belleville, Texas. After 62 years of marriage, Mary passed away on Dec. 18, 2005. Al married Sharon L. Brown, a 40-year family friend, and fellow co-worker, on March 12, 2006.
Upon graduating from OCS as a Second Lieutenant, Al was assigned various depots and commands in the United States and overseas. He specialized in the transportation of ammunition (nuclear and conventional), the operation of railroads including ferry passenger cars and dining services, port operations (passengers and cargo), as well as passenger transportation and warehousing. Al retired on Dec. 31, 1959, as a major at North Depot Activity, Seneca Army Depot, New York. Following his retirement, he was hired as a civil service employee as a Transportation Officer for North Depot Activity on Jan. 2, 1960, and later to the Deputy Transportation Ordinance Ammunition Command, Joliet, Illinois. The mission was transferred to the Rock Island Arsenal, and he retired on Nov. 13, 1980. Al was then hired on Nov. 13, 1980, by Home Transportation Company in Marietta, Georgia (now MCGIL) as a nationwide Sales Manager for truck transportation of ammunition and other hazardous material. His office was located in his Milan, Illinois, home. He was awarded salesman of the year in 1983. He retired from MCGIL on Oct. 1, 1993.
Among the awards and decorations that Al earned are: The Legion of Merit, Department of the Army decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service, Distinguished Member of the Transportation Corps Regiment, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), the Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Al was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Bettendorf, the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Inc., The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military Officers Association of America.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Taylor of Davenport; son, Brian (Susan) Taylor of Milan; daughter, Cynthia A. Muncey of Colona; grandchildren, Minnie M. (Matthew) DeLay of Davenport, Joshua (Paul) Dean of Brockton, Massachusetts, Christine (Patrick) Taylor of Milan, Daniel Gunther of Merritt Island, Florida; great-grandchildren, Tyler Custer of Milan, Danielle Gunther of Ohio, Isabella Hare of Milan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Alvis M. Taylor Jr., brother, Milton Taylor, and sisters, Margaret Faye Taylor, Willie E. Norris, Martha Joan VanderWerf and Ester M. Olson.
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