Charles Harold Taylor ‘Pee Wee’
 

Charles Harold Taylor "Pee Wee" died peacefully Friday, June 25, 2010, at the age of 86.

He is survived by his daughter, Jane McEwen of Tennessee; son, Mark Taylor of Minnesota; son-in-law, Jim McEwen; and daughter-in-law, Jane Mercier.

Chuck and his wife, Camilla, were raised in Boonville, Ind., and returned often for vacations with their family. The 1939 Boonville Pioneer Football Preview called him "light but fast and shifty." His 1940 team, for which he was a quarterback, was undefeated.

College (he was the first in his family to attend) was disrupted by cruiser Vicksburg. He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a radio technician, 1st Class. After graduation from Purdue University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, Cam and Chuck moved to Milwaukee. Soon, his passion for fishing was replaced by golf. Ultimately, he recorded three holes-inone and a 6 handicap.

We Energies (formerly Wisconsin Electric Power Co.) was his sole employer over a 35-year career culminating as Waukesha district manager upon his retirement at age 62.

Chuck loved his Purdue Boilermakers along with the Wisconsin Badgers, but his obsession was the Green Bay Packers. He often watched alone given his boisterous enthusiasm that was a bit irritating to his family.

In his retirement, Chuck enjoyed golf, gardening, visiting his children, fishing and more golf. He was a good husband, father and friend to many. He loved nicknames and often called his wife "Poopsie," his son "Podge" (this might be Hoosier for partner) and daughter "JT."

When hurt or in pain, he told his kids to "shake it off." Eventually, Chuck could not shake off his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. He once told his daughter that the only thing he regretted in life was not being the mayor of Boonville.

Donations are welcome at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, www.alzfdn.org.