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The Passing of Firefighter Gerald “Ike” Taylor

Isaac Gerald Taylor, 91, of Cameron, Missouri, passed away September 19, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. Gerald was born September 24, 1929, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Isaac and Ora (Redmond) Taylor. He was a graduate of Maysville High School, class of 1947. Gerald married Phyllis May Lebow on February 27, 1954, in Maysville, Missouri. He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation until his retirement. Gerald was actively involved in the community. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 175 and Tribe of Mic-o-say and was a member of local chapters, Elmer Ellis Post 33 and VFW Reynolds-Vorris and Pemberton. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Ora Taylor, great-granddaughter Trinity Roberts, and grandson Jeff Taylor. Survivors include wife Phyllis Taylor of the home, son Steven G. Taylor, daughter Susan (Don) Wiedmaier, two granddaughters, five great-grandsons, and two great grand-daughters.

Last fall, the City of Cameron recognized Taylor for his 52 years of service to the Cameron Fire Department. Along with a proclamation from the residing Mayor Darlene Breckenridge, he also received a commemorative plaque from then Cameron Assistant Fire Chief Mike Walser. Walser said Taylor played a vital role in not only the fire department but emergency medical services as well. The Cameron Police Department, Cameron EMS, and Cameron Fire Department then gave him a formal escort out of the city hall. Taylor is the longest-serving employee in the history of Cameron.

A month later, Missouri State Fire Marshal J. Tim Bean recognized him during a special ceremony. “The loyalty and commitment you demonstrated throughout your career exemplify the best of the Missouri Fire Service,” Bean said. “Your dedication is appreciated by all. Thank you again. I know what a strain it is on the family. I was raised in it. Thank you, sir.”