Jeffery S. “Jeff” Taylor

December 01, 1959 ‒ March 15, 2020

Caledonia, Ohio

Jeffery S. “Jeff” Taylor, age 60 of Caledonia, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, March 15, 2020, at Marion General Hospital.

On December 1, 1959, Jeff was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the only son of Shirley J. (Guinther) McAlister, and the late Howard W. Taylor. Jeff graduated from Mount Gilead High School 1978.

After graduation, he worked in the family business at Edison Billiard. He also worked for himself welding, fabricating, painting and customizing cars, trucks, hot rods and motorcycles. He acquired a machine shop in 2005. Jeff also worked as a locksmith and a safe opener. He loved working with his hands and figuring things out.  Jeff could do anything. It was always surprising to see what he had figured out how to do or what he had made.

Jeff enjoyed trapshooting and was the Ohio State Champion in 1994. He loved his friends and family very much. He would do anything to make sure they were happy. He loved going out and having a good time, and was always the life of the party. He was larger than life.

He married the loved of his life, Judy, on January 8, 2002, at Abundant Life Fellowship.  They enjoyed traveling to many states on the motorcycle that Jeff built, and later on, on his Indian Motorcycle.

He will be dearly missed by his many friends and family: his mother, Shirley (Tom) McAlister; his loving wife, Judy Taylor; children: Scott (Holly) Taylor, Melinda (Grace) Custis-Taylor, Allison Taylor, Jordan (Tessa) Burns and Ashley Webb; grandchildren: Josh and Kayla Taylor, Jaden and Colton Burns, Kampten Christner, Kyler Webb, and Alexis and Addison Baldwin.

Jeff’s family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main Street, Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held there at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020, with Minister Ken Boswell officiating.  Burial will follow in Caledonia Cemetery.

In Jeff’s memory, his family asks you do something to help out someone you know.  Pay it forward, as Jeff would always do.  Or you could make a contribution to the Ambidextrous Pallbearers Association, LOL! Your choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jeff’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Sorry for your loss. My prayers for the entire family during your time of sorrow. Jeff was a wonderful person with a heart of gold. May Jeff rest in peace in heaven.

  • Judy,
    Mike and I are heartbroken over Jeff’s passing. He truly was your family’s rock. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With kindness,
    Mike and Pat (Daugherty) Nichols

  • Judy so very sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you and your family in the difficult days ahead. Maybe your memories of Jeff fill your heart with love and laughter.

  • Judy I am so sorry for Jeff’s passing. I didn’t know him but I know he made you so happy and you two had lots of fun especially on your motorcycle trips. Keep your happy fun care free spirit and try to find peace. Lots of love ♥️Dawn♥️

  • Judy- I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs! ❤

  • Judy, so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. 💔

  • Judy, Jordan, Tessa and all other loves of Jeff’s… my condolences and hope my families deep sympathy and loving thoughts reach you all during this difficult time. The times we all did share together would not have been as enjoyable without Jeff there… always loved his larger then life and funny as hell attitude… and what a smile that man had! Judy… I know you two loved each other… it was clear just seeing you two together.. I am here for you… you know this! Don’t hesitate, I will be over to check on you on the regular my friend….. its the least I can do… many hugs goes to you, Jordan, Tessa and kids.

  • Judy,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family, and Scott, Mindy, and Allie. Jeff has always been a good friend to us both and once a brother in law, always s brother in law. He was one of a kind and we’ve got one more thing to say to him… See ya later.
    Don’t ride faster than your Angels!
    With all our love,
    Rock and Brenda

  • My deepest condolences to the family of Jeff. I went to school with Jeff at Edison. Sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing! Many prayers and good thoughts to your family!
    Jeff was one of the good guys!! RIP JEFF!!

    The Harold Smith Family!!

  • My thoughts and prayers for the family and friends. Spent many hours riding our bikes around and being the kids from Edison. Memories can keep us going.

  • Judy & families,
    Our deepest condolences to you. My heart breaks for you. If you ever need to talk or vent, I am here, I understand your pain. I wish I could hug you right now. Please don’t hesitate to call.
    Love you always,
    Barb & Malcolm

  • So very sorry for your loss Judy. My thoughts and prayers to you and the family . With deepest sympathy.

  • Scott and Judy, I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. Jeff was an amazing and funny man. The world will be a little bit darker without his light to brighten the lives of all those around him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mindy, Scott,
    So sorry to hear about your dad! I have gotten to know him pretty well over the last few years!

    My thoughts are with you both!

  • Judy,
    I am so sorry to read of the passing of your husband. I know he meant a lot to you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan and Candy Tripp

  • Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love ans Blessings. God Bless.

  • Jeff possessed qualities of the best of the Midwestern character. His enthusiasm for life’s challenges were boundless. At age 15 I lost both hands in a stupid accident with home-made explosives. That was in 1954. Since then I do everything with a pair of steel “split hooks” that open sideways. Prosthetic breakdowns are a constant problem . In frustration I walked into Jeff’s shop to ask about repairs. He took an immediate interest in my problem — wrist units that failed to lock — thus allowing the hooks rotate uselessly. We were soon discussing re-engineering the system, an idea that had fallen on deaf ears in the prosthetic industry. Within weeks Jeff had worked up a lock unit that proved durable for nearly two years as opposed to weekly failures of broken locking pins. We joked about his getting into the prosthetic business. For me it was no joke but rescue from life in a rehab facility and to continue being able to live independently. Words cannot express my gratitude.

  • Judy, I’m so sorry to hear about Jeff! My heart goes out to you, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Prayers and condolences to the family, enjoyed talking to Jeff at the shoots. He was a good friend to my late husband Dave Lester Rest In Peace🙏

  • Judy and family….sending thoughts and prayers your way. He will be missed! Matt and Alisa Gandee

  • Shirley, You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son Jeff. I know you will miss him. Just know he is in heaven doing things he loved to do.. Bless you.

  • We are very saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. God speed to him and all of you through this difficult time. Please let us know if we can help in any way.Sincerely, All the crew at M&M.

  • Judy, We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Lifting you and your family up in prayer during this difficult time.