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Gary Anthony Taylor

November 24, 1950 ~ May 22, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Obituary

       Gary Anthony Taylor was called home on May 22, 2023. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Alice Taylor, his infant brother Thomas, his twin sister, Mary Alice Payne, and his brothers William and Michael.

       Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years, Kristina Frisz Taylor, his children, Jessica Taylor, Rebekah May (Geoff), Josiah (Brother Felix Maria), Micah Taylor (Zoee) and his grandchildren Harper and Keaton Taylor. His surviving siblings are Robert Taylor (Patricia), Nancy Pond (Richard), David Taylor (Mary Ellen), Kathy Davis (Jefferson) and Doloris Taylor.

       Gary, a proud Army "Military Brat" was born in Nuremberg, Germany, November 24, 1950, the fourth of six sons in a family of ten children. He graduated from Pacelli High School in Columbus, Georgia in 1968. His undergraduate degree in Religious Studies was completed at Immaculate Conception Seminary, in 1974. He earned his Master's in Theological Studies in 1986, at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana. He achieved his Doctoral Degree at the Graduate Theological Institute, Mishawaka, Indiana in 2004.

       Gary thrived as a lay minister for the Catholic Church for over forty years. He shared with his family how blessed and humbled he was accepting from Archbishop Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis the appointment of Parish Life Coordinator for St. Charles Parish in Milan, Indiana. He felt this assignment to be his calling. Among his many duties as PLC, his greatest joy and sense of accomplishment were in the opportunities to teach the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RIA) to those seeking to know more about and desiring to enter the Catholic Church, and guiding parents through the sacramental preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism for their children.

       Gary was an innately happy man, grateful for all with which the Lord deemed to bless him. He had a strong work ethic and found great joy in the inspired things of life. He loved and valued his family. He enjoyed the solidarity and strong sense of mutual support and love in the "Taylor Tribe." Gary also enjoyed writing, gardening, working, and spending time with his family and his animals.

       For Gary, Jesus was and is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Above all else he sought to purify himself of sin and to receive and rest in mutual love with the Lord God; always seeking a greater and more intimate union with the Divine Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Those who knew Gary benefited profoundly from his example of Love and Service. We now share in his Joy as he sits at the Banquet Table of the Lord.

       Gary's funeral will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Osgood Indiana on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 beginning at 11:00 AM. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:15 AM followed by the Divine Mercy chaplet. Also, during this time, in the parish hall there will be a Continental Breakfast and space for family and friends to gather from 9-11.

       After the Funeral, family members will go to St. Charles Cemetery in Milan, Indiana for a graveside service. Those remaining at the church are invited to go to the parish hall and take part in a light lunch being served after the funeral. The family will return to the hall in about an hour.

       Gary humbly requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the Catholic Monastery where his son Josiah (Brother Felix) is living his vocation; Most Holy Trinity Monastery, 67 Dugway Road, Petersham, MA 01366.

       Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements: PO Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. Please visit our website at www.lawscarrmoore.com to share your condolences and memories of Gary.

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