Taylor Stith Desloge
February 17, 2013
   
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Taylor Stith Desloge of St. Louis, MO, fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the age of 91. He was born June 16, 1921 in St. Louis, MO, the son of George T. and Madeleine Stith Desloge. Beloved husband for 62 years of Marian Franciscus Falk Desloge; dear father of Marian Lindsay Desloge Guenther (the late Richard) of Wichita, Kansas, Madeleine Desloge Kemp (Dennis) of Phoenix, AZ., Stephen F. Desloge (Ann), George Taylor Tim Desloge (Maria), Allan Desloge (Marybeth), Phillip C. Desloge (Carolyn), all of St. Louis, MO and Judeth Desloge Egan (Thomas), of Libertyville, Illinois. Loving grandfather of 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Sister Madeleine Desloge, RSCJ, of California, and the late Richard C. Desloge and John M. Desloge. Uncle, great-uncle and dear friend to many. Taylor was a 1938 graduate of SLUH and a 1942 graduate of SLU. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served until May 1946, attaining the rank of Captain. After the war, Taylor entered Washington University Law School, graduating with a J.D. in May 1948. Taylor spent the last 30 years of his business career with the former General Steel Industries, Inc., serving as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors. Taylor was a Director of Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company, Brentwood Bank and General American Capital Corporation among others. Taylor spent a considerable amount of his time supporting civic and nonprofit organizations. He served as Chairman of Associated Industries of Missouri and Chairman of the Missouri Historical Society, during which time he successfully advocated for the inclusion of the Missouri History Museum in the Zoo-Museum District in St. Louis. Taylor also served as a charter member of the organizing committee for the first U.S. National Senior Olympics and served as its first Treasurer. He was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Tort Reform in 1986, which developed important tort reform legislation in Missouri. Taylor's commitment to the community also included service on the boards of other non-profit organizations including Independence Center, The Museum of Transportation, St. John's Mercy Hospital and St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Taylor will be remembered by all who knew him for his pure love of life, his quick wit and exuberant energy and his gentlemanly spirit. The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff of Bethesda Private Duty and Hospice Services, especially Jennifer and Brad and to the staff of Mercy Heart Hospital. Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church, 401 St. Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur, on Thursday, February 28, at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, masses preferred or tributes may be made to Independence Center in St. Louis or St. Louis University High School. A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL