Charles Smith Taylor, 1942-2020

Charles Smith Taylor, 77, formerly of Portage, Ind. and Hobart, Ind., passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Fountainview Terrace, La Porte, Ind.

Charles was born May 16, 1942 in Greenville, Ky. to Herbert  and Helen (Raley) Taylor.

Surviving are his children, Brian Taylor of Valparaiso, Ind. and Donna (Jeff) Council of La Porte; four  grandchildren, Jake (Jillian) Cooney of Michigan City, Ind., Kevin and Dan Council, both of La Porte, and Madison Taylor of Chesterton, Ind.; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Donna Kimmel of Indianapolis, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, H. D. Taylor; and sister, Peggy Bivin.

Charlie, as his friends knew him, enjoyed sports his entire life.  His friends and family knew that he was an encyclopedia of sports information.  He loved all of the Chicago sports teams, but his most beloved team was the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  Growing up, Charlie excelled in baseball as a pitcher and in basketball as a forward for the Drakesboro High School teams in Drakesboro, Ky.  Upon high school graduation in 1960, Charlie attended college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.  Later, he moved to Northwest Indiana and was hired by National Steel in Portage, where it was known as the Midwest Division.  Charlie continued his love of sports by helping his son, Brian, with baseball when Brian played for Hobart Little League.  Charlie eventually participated in various bowling and golf leagues in Lake and Porter counties.  He was a supervisor at Midwest Steel, now US Steel, retiring after 39 years.

Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, Md., 21741-5014 or the VNA Hospice of Porter County, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, Ind. 46383.

Charlie’s family wishes to express their great appreciation for the love and care that Charlie received from all the staff members at Miller’s Health and Rehab, La Porte; Fountainview Terrace, La Porte; and VNA Hospice of Porter County.  They would also like to thank all family and friends who prayed for Charlie and his family, especially Door Village United Methodist Church, La Porte.

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4 Responses to “Charles Smith Taylor, 1942-2020”

  1. Victoria Vaught

    Mar 25. 2020

    It was a pleasure getting to know and take care of you at Miller’s. You always made me laughed and made my night. Rest easy.

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    • Donna Council

      Mar 26. 2020

      Victoria-My dad and I were so thankful for you and everyone there. He loved that you were my former student. Thank you for the message. Xxoox

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  2. Terry Scherer

    Mar 27. 2020

    Donna, I’m so sorry for your loss. I don’t know if you remember me or not but I was the DARE officer for Kingsbury School years ago. I was talking to my Dad last night and he knew your Dad because they both worked at Midwest Steel.
    So, sorry. We will be praying for you and your whole family in this time of sorrow.

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    • Donna Council

      Mar 27. 2020

      Hi Terry,
      Yes, I remember you as the DARE teacher at Kingsbury. Thank you for the message. You also worked with our son Kevin at PNW. It’s a small world.
      Thank you again for the message. We appreciate it.
      The Councils

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