Floyd Raymond “Ray” Taylor, Jr., 74, passed away May 19, 2021 after suffering a sudden heart attack.
Ray claimed Vero Beach as home as he resided here from age ten to eighteen and graduated from VBHS in 1964.
He was drafted into the Army at age 19 and served in Vietnam. He remained in the Army for 22 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. He was stationed in Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland, California, Hawaii, and Japan. After active duty, he was employed as a civilian for 18 years as an investigator for the Army. While serving in the Army, Ray earned a master’s degree in Education. In 2005, he retired and moved back to Vero Beach.
For the next several years, he and his partner, Sunny Hoff bought, remodeled, and re-sold houses in Indian River County as S&R Realty.
He is survived by one brother, Steven Taylor (Patricia) of Vero Beach; his wife, Vivian Shields Taylor of Vero Beach; step-children, Rachel Pacheco (Gray) Green of Hazel, AL, Carla Lether (Casey) of Huntsville, AL, and Howard Babendreier of Hanover, PA; step-grandchildren, Austin Griffith of Hartsville, AL, Kylee Hovis of Madison, AL, and Rebecca Babendreier of Hanover, PA; and his chihuahua mix, Pinto.
There will be no services at this time. Interment will take place in Magnolia, AL.
Contributions may be made in Ray’s honor to the charity of one’s choosing.
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